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- pivot A chord that is placed in a transition between two keys, serving a different function in each key and providing smooth movement between them.
- con forza “With force”, vigorously.
- madrigal Renaissance secular work originating in Italy for voices, with or without instruments, set to a short, lyric love poem.
- sight-reading The practice of playing or singing a composition at sight, without previous preparation.
- perfect pitch The ability of certain people to identify a given pitch without reference to any other pitch.
- über “Above”, “over”.
- deux “Two”.
- leading note The major seventh of a scale, so called because it lies a semitone below the tonic and “leads” towards it.
- estinto Literally, “extinguished”. A directive to perform as soft as possible.
- ritenuto Literally, “kept back”. Immediate reduction of speed.
- avec “With”.
- sans “Without”.
- romantic The era of music following the classical period, going from about 1815 to 1910.
- transcription Either notating an unnotated piece, or rewriting a piece, either simply recopying, as for clarity, or as an arrangement for another instrument.
- chord A set of three or more (according to certain definitions, even two) different notes that sound simultaneously.