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- mediant The third note of a diatonic scale.
- piccolo Literally, “small”. A small flute that sounds an octave above the regular flute, and also an octave above its written music.
- Longo numbers A numbering system identifying keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.
- mesto Sad.
- minimalist music Contemporary musical style featuring the repetition of short melodic, rhythmic and harmonic patterns with little variation.
- recitativo secco Recitative accompanied only by continuo.
- Noël Christmas.
- libretto A “little book” that contains the complete text of an opera, oratorio, and so forth.
- Klavier A keyboard instrument; usually, a piano.
- motive The briefest intelligible and self-contained fragment of a musical theme or subject.
- tonic The note upon which a scale or key is based.
- ballata A type of fourteenth-century italian secular song, similar to the French virelai.
- exposition The first statement of a theme.
- ober Upper, higher.
- homophony Music in which one voice leads melodically followed by the other voices more or less in the same rhythm. In contrast with polyphony.