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- da capo aria A lyric song in A-B-A form, commonly found in operas, cantatas and oratorios.
- hocket A Medieval practice of composition in which two voices would move in such a manner that one would be still while the other moved and vice-versa.
- common chord A chord that appears in more than one key. Frequently used in modulation.
- chord A set of three or more (according to certain definitions, even two) different notes that sound simultaneously.
- tasto solo Literally, “key only”. A directive indicating that a note is to be performed without harmony, especially used in compositions that use continuo.
- minuet A 17th-century court dance in moderate triple meter, originating in France.
- relative key The major and minor keys that share the same key signature.
- con slancio With energy.
- leading note The major seventh of a scale, so called because it lies a semitone below the tonic and “leads” towards it.
- fois “Time”, as in “first time” (première fois) or “second time” (deuxieme fois).
- ruhig Calm, peaceful.
- prima volta “First time”; may refer to the first ending of a repetition.
- pantomime Theatrical genre in which an actor silently plays all the parts in a show while accompanied by singing.
- Dixieland An early style of jazz originating in the early 20th century in New Orleans with a simple, cheerful character.
- con amore “With love”, lovingly.