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Fourth note of the C major scale.
In solmization, the fourth degree of the major scale.
Passages which suggest the subject of a fugue, and then depart from it.
The effect of changing tonality without actually leaving the original key.
A prelude or opening, a flourish, usually played
by brass instruments.
A composition free in form or an improvisation.
A system of solmization used in 17th- and 18th-century
England and America. Fa, so, and la were given to both c-d-e and
f-g-a, with mi used for the seventh degree.
Clef which locates small f on the five-line staff.
Key of F major.
The fifth degree of the diatonic scale. Also, the
interval formed by a given tone and the fifth tone above or below
it, e.g. c up to g, c down to f. Intervals of the fifth may be
perfect (corresponding to major), diminished, or augmented.
The last movement of a symphony or sonata, or
the last selection of an opera.
One or more measures which occur at the
end of the stanza or stanzas. It is usually indicated:
The system of solmization in which c is always
A symbol which lowers the
pitch of a note one half step.
Key of F minor.
The design or structure of a musical composition.
An instrumental score in which all the parts
for the instruments appear on their own staves in standard instrumental
The fourth degree of the diatonic scale. Also,
the interval formed by a given tone and the fourth tone above
or below it, e.g. c up to f; c down to g. Intervals of the fourth
may be perfect, diminished, or augmented.
Forzando or forzato. Synonomous with sforzando
(sf or sfz).
Some definitions and terms excerpted from
Belwin Pocket Dictionary of Music: Music Theory Dictionary
By Dr. William Lee
Students may purchase a copy for home use at cost
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