Choose the letter which begins musical term that you would like to learn about:
The eighth tone above a given pitch, with twice as many vibrations
per second, or below a given pitch, with half as many vibrations.
A piece for eight instruments or voices.
A triad without a third.
Strings are not stopped, fingured, or fretted.
The term, meaning work, is used by composers to show
the chronological order of their works, e.g. Op. 1, Op. 2.
A large group of musicians made up of string, brass, woodwind,
and percussion instruments.
The art of writing, arranging, or scoring for the orchestra.
Note or notes added to the original melodic line for embellishment
and added interest.
Melodic embellishments, either written or improvised.
"Or." Indicating an alternative passage or version.
A repeated melodic or rhythmic pattern, frequently appearing
in the bass line.
(8va) An octave higher.
(8va or 8vb) An octave lower.
The almost inaudible higher tones which occur with the fundamental
tone. They are the result of the vibration of small sections
of a string (instrument) or a column of air. Other general terms
for overtones are partials and harmonics.
The introductory music for an opera, oratorio or ballet. A
concert overture is an independent work.
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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