Choose the letter which begins musical term that you would like to learn about:
A short poem in pastoral style.
Repetition of a theme, motive or phrase introduced by one part, the antecedent, in another part, the consequent. An essential elemant of contrapuntal style.
Imperfect authentic cadence
An Authentic cadence which has the third or fifth in the soprano in the tonic triad. More about cadences.
Imperfect plagal cadence
A Plagal cadence in which the soprano note is changed in the progression IV-I. More about cadences.
A musical movement of the late 19th and
early 20th centuries. Inspired by the French impressionist painters,
the movement had its impetus in the music of Debussy and Ravel.
Any device that produces a musical sound.
The art of composing, orchestrating,
or arranging for an instrumental ensemble.
The difference in pitch between two tones.
As applied to music the term may be used in
both melody and harmony. Melodic inversion: an exchange of ascending
and descending movement, e.g. c up to f in descending becomes
c down to g. Harmonic inversion: the position of the chord is
changed from root position (root on the lowest pitch) to first
inversion, with the third, or second inversion, with the fifth
in the lowest voice. An example: root position c-e-g; first inversion
e-g-c; second inversion g-c-e.
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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