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GLOSSARY OF MUSICAL TERMS:
S - T
Any set of musical notes ordered in pitch by defined intervals.
A joke, jest.
Fluent, flowing, gliding.
The interval between two conjunct degrees.
A short division of a composition.
A sign. Al segno, to the sign; dal segno, from the sign.
A sixteenth note.
In a simple, natural, unaffected style.
A half tone.
Always, continually; throughout.
The ordering of pitch classes or other elements.
Audible; sensitive, as in able to be sensed.
A chord composed of a root, third, fifth and seventh.
Strictly, with rigid observance of tempo and expression marks.
A direction to perform the tone of chord with special stress, or marked and sudden emphasis; usually written sfz.
Very lightly, like a vanishing smoke-wreath.
In the same direction; parts progress in similar motion when both moves up or down simutaneously or, in piano music, when hands move either right or left together.
Similarly; a direction to perform the following bars or passages in the same way.
Not compound or complex; undeveloped, not varied.
The interval containing six diatonic degrees.
First inversion of a triad.
A curved line under or over two or more notes, signifying that they are to be played legato.
Solemn, solemnly, with solemnity, in a lofty style.
Dark, veiled, obscure.
An instrumental composition in three or four extended movements contrasted in theme, tempo and mood.
Sonorously, resoundingly, resonantly.
With a veiled, muffled tone.
Held or sustained.
Staff, or Stave
The five parallel lines used in modern notation.
In a noisy, boisterous, impetuous style.
Strident; rough, harsh.
Hastening, accelerating, usually suddenly and rapidlyn with a crescendo.
An étude, a teaching piece.
The third scale tone below the tonic; the sixth degree.
The scale tone below the tonic.
The second degree of a diatonic scale.
In a whispering, murmurous tone.
Rate of speed.
A word or phrase indicating the rate of speed at a which a piece should be performed.
Tenderly; delicatlely, softly.
Held; means generally that a tone so marked is to be sustained for its full time value.
The musical basis or bases upon which composition is built.
The interval containing three successive degrees.
Tierce di Picardi
The major ending of a piece in a minor key.
Tone colour or quality.
A steady periodic sound; a note.
Tranquilly, quietly, calmly.
A whole note.
The keynote of a scale.
Swift, bold; soon.
Notation or performance of a composition in a different key from the one in which it was originally written.
A three note chord composed of a given tone, the root, with its third and fifth.
A group of three equal notes to be executed in the time of two of the same kind of notes in the established rhythm.
Meter containing three units, as in 3/4 or 3/8.
Gradually decreasing in tempo