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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

R
Abbreviation for right.

Rallentando, rall
Gradually slower. Synonymous with ritardando.

Range
The gamut of pitches, from low to high, which a singer may perform.

Rapide
Rapidly.

Re
In solmization, the second degree of the major scale.

Recital
A performance by one or more performers.

Refrain
A short section of repeated material which occurs at the end of each stanza.

Relative major and minor scales
Major and minor scales which have the same key signature.

Renaissance
The period c. 1450-1600. Read more about Renaissance Music

Repeat
The repetition of a section or a composition as indicated by particular signs.
Repeat a sectionRepeat a section
Repeat signRepeat from the beginning
Also D.C., repeat from the beginning and D.S., repeat from the sign, written as Dal Segno

Resonance
Reinforcement and intensification of sound by vibrations.

Rest
A symbol used to denote silence.

Rhapsody
A free style instrumental piece characterized by dramatic changes in mood.

Rhythm
The term which denotes the organization of sound in time; the temporal quality of sound.

Rinforzando
A reinforced accent.

Risoluto
Resolute.

Ritardando, rit
Gradually slower. Synonymous with rallentando.

Ritenuto
Immediate reduction in tempo.

Ritmico
Rhythmically.

Roll
RollOn percussion instruments, a sticking technique consisting of a rapid succession of notes.

Romanticism
The period c. 1825-1900.

Root
The note upon which a triad or chord is built.

Round
Like the canon, a song in which two or more parts having the same melody, starting at different points. The parts may be repeated as desired.

Rubato
The term used to denote flexibility of tempo to assist in achieving expressiveness.

Rudiments
On drums, the basic sticking patterns.

Ruhig
Quiet.

Run
A rapid scale passage.

Rustico
Pastoral, rustic, rural.


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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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