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F
Fourth note of the C major scale.

Fa
In solmization, the fourth degree of the major scale.

Facile
Light, easy.

False entries
Passages which suggest the subject of a fugue, and then depart from it.

False modulation
The effect of changing tonality without actually leaving the original key.

Fanfare
A prelude or opening, a flourish, usually played by brass instruments.

Fantasie
A composition free in form or an improvisation.

Fasola
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.

F clef
Alto ClefClef which locates small f on the five-line staff.

F dur
Key of F major.

Fermata
FermataHold; pause.

Feroce
Wild, fierce.

Fes
Flat

Festivo, festoso
Festive, merry.

Feurig
Fiery, ardent.

Fifth
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.

Finale
The last movement of a symphony or sonata, or the last selection of an opera.

Fine
The end.

First ending
One or more measures which occur at the end of the stanza or stanzas. It is usually indicated: First ending

Fixed do
The system of solmization in which c is always do.

Flat
Flat A symbol which lowers the pitch of a note one half step.

F mol
Key of F minor.

Form
The design or structure of a musical composition.

Forte
Forte, loud Loud.

Fortissimo
Fortissimo, very loud Very loud.

Full score
An instrumental score in which all the parts for the instruments appear on their own staves in standard instrumental family order.

Fundamental
Primary.

Fourth
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.

Fz
Forzando or forzato. Synonomous with sforzando (sf or sfz).


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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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