ADULT MUSIC EDUCATION
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GLOSSARY OF MUSICAL TERMS:
A - D
Accelerating, growing faster.
A stress, or added emphasis given to a note.
Any chromatic sign nof found in the key signature, occurring in the course of a piece.
A direction signifying that performers may employ the tempo of expression that suits them.
With passion, emotion, feeling; very expressively; tenderly.
A double sharp.
A meter of 2/2; two minims per bar.
Quite lively; moderately fast (faster than andante, slower than allegro).
To the sign.
Commencement of a piece or phrase on a weak beat, weak part of the bar or incomplete bar.
A little slower than andante.
Animated, with spirit, vivaciously.
Going, moving, with movement; a tempo mark indicating a moderately slow, easily flowing movement between adagio and allegretto.
Any theme or motive propsed for imitation, or imitated further on. Also, the theme or subject of a canon or fugue, as proposed by the first part.
A type of fanciful piano piece.
A broken chord; each note of a chord played in succession.
The manner in which notes are joined one to another; or, on the piano, the way in which a note is depressed and released.
In time; at the preceding rate of speed.
Attack, or begin what follows without pausing.
A trifle; usually, a short, fairly easy piece.
A ballad-like art song, or an instrumental solo piece.
The metrical unit in a composition, comprising one set of a time signature.
A vertical line dividing bars on the staff.
A cradle song; lullaby.
Boldess, spirit, dash, brilliance.
Brilliant, showy, sparkling.
The close or ending of a phrase, section, movement or piece.
Decreasing; growing softer and slower.
Singable, song-like; in a singing or vocal style.
An instrumental piece free in form.
In a cparicious, fanciful, fantastic style.
Outside the scale, relating to tones foreign to a given key; opposed to diatonic.
A short coda.
The part imitating the antecedent or leader; in a canon, the follower.
In opposite direction; parts progress in contrary motion when one moves up while the other moves down or, in piano music, when hands move either inwards or outwards together.
Swelling, increasing on loudness; gradually getting louder.
A quarter note.
From the sign.
Decreasing in loudness; gradually getting softer.
One of the eight consecutive tones in a major or minor diatonic scale, counted upward from the keynote.
Delicately; in a delicate, refined style.
The working out, evolution or elaboration of a theme by presenting it in varied melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic treatment.
Of the scale; by, through, with, within, or embracing the tones of the standard major or minor scale.
Growing softer, dying away.
Diminishing in loudness.
Very sweetly, softly.
In a style expressive of pain or grief.
The church mode that corresponds to the scale from D to D played on the white keys of the piano; the order of intervals is: tone, semitone, tone, tone, tone, semitone, tone.
The two vertical lines drawn through the staff to indicate the end of a section, movement or piece.
The varying and contrasting degrees of intensity of loudness in musical tones; volume.
The fifth tone in the major or minor scale.
A group of two equal notes to be executed in the time of three of the same kind of notes in the established rhythm.