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Some random terms
- brioso Vivacious, spirited, lively.
- 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.
- articulation The manner in which adjacent notes of a melody are connected or separated. Woodwind and brass instruments generally articulate by tonguing, the use of the tongue to break the airflow into the instrument.
- recitative A flexible style of vocal delivery employed in opera, oratorio, and cantata and tailored to the accents and rhythms of the text.
- fiero Proud, haughty, noble.
- più “More”.
- aubade A song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak.
- andantino A moderate tempo marking, which can be faster or slower than andante.
- plainte A song or instrumental composition with a slow, lamenting character.
- monophony Music that is written for only one voice or part.
- 8vb A directive to perform an octave lower than written.
- piano Softly, quietly.
- polka A lively ballroom dance of Bohemian origin in duple meter greatly, popular in the 19th century. Also a short, lyric piano composition.
- whole tone An interval of two semitones, a major second.
- doppio “Double”.