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  • Tafelmusik [German] Literally, “table music”. Music that is performed at feasts and banquets.
  • repercussion The frequent repetition of the same sound. Also, the re-entrance of the subject and answer in a fugue following other material.
  • dopo [Italian] “After”.
  • Opp. [Latin] Plural of Op.
  • compound harmony Regular harmony with an added octave in the bass.
  • flute A woodwind instrument that is held horizontally and sounded by blowing across the mouthpiece of the instrument.
  • paso doble [Spanish] Literally, “double step”. A Spanish dance in a brisk duple meter, typically 2/4 time.
  • minuet A 17th-century court dance in moderate triple meter, originating in France.
  • third An interval of three diatonic degrees, counting the first and last degree.
  • falsetto [Italian] Vocal technique whereby men can sing above their normal range, producing a lighter sound.
  • ritardando [Italian] Gradually delaying the tempo.
  • zu [German] “Too” (excessively).
  • Lombard rhythm A rhythm associated primarily with baroque music, generally consisting of a stressed sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note.
  • simile [Italian] “Similar”. Often used to designate the continuation of the use of an articulation without repeating the articulation symbol.
  • forefall An ascending appoggiatura.