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- nach “After”.
- krakoviak A syncopated Polish dance in 2/4 time.
- cantio A religious, monophonic, Latin song of the later Middle Ages.
- root The fundamental note of a chord.
- motive The briefest intelligible and self-contained fragment of a musical theme or subject.
- suite A work made up of a series of contrasting dance movements, generally all in the same key.
- phrase A natural division of the melodic line, comparable to a sentence of speech.
- virtuoso Performer of extraordinary technical ability.
- tombeau Literally, “grave”. An instrumental funeral composition or a composition which commemorates the death of someone.
- rondellus A 13th century English style of three-voice composition.
- quadruplet A group of four notes played in the time usually taken to play six.
- inflection Small alteration of the pitch by a microtonal interval.
- binary form Two-part structure of music; usually each part is repeated.
- chorale Baroque congregational hymn of the German Lutheran church, usually written for four voice harmony.
- pointed arms On a flute, arms connecting the keys to the rods which are pointed and extend to the keys' centers; found on more expensive flutes.