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- frottola A secular song that was popular in Italy in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, direct predecessor of the madrigal.
- inquieto Restless, uneasy, agitated.
- whole tone An interval of two semitones, a major second.
- natural A symbol placed by a note signifying that the note should be played unaltered, as opposed to the sharp or flat of the note.
- fanfare A short, lively, loud, militaristic composition, usually composed for brass instruments and percussions.
- transcription Either notating an unnotated piece, or rewriting a piece, either simply recopying, as for clarity, or as an arrangement for another instrument.
- appassionato Passionate, with intense emotion or feeling.
- leggiero Light, delicate.
- arrangement A rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material, or a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch. If a musical adaptation does not include new material, it is more accurately termed a transcription or orchestration.
- libretto A “little book” that contains the complete text of an opera, oratorio, and so forth.
- alla breve A time marking indicating a quick duple meter, with the half note rather than the quarter note getting the beat (2/2 rather than 4/4).
- risoluto Bold, resolute.
- Klavier A keyboard instrument; usually, a piano.
- moresca An exotic Renaissance dance simulating a battle between the Moors and the Christians.
- rasch Rapid, swift.