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- double flat An accidental sign consisting of two flat symbols, that lowers a note by two semitones.
- à la In the manner of.
- gypsy scale A scale resembling the harmonic minor scale, but with an augmented fourth. It is called the Gypsy scale because of its exotic sound and its use in Hungarian music.
- technique The mechanical aspect of performing a composition.
- nonet A composition for nine instruments.
- etwas “Somewhat”.
- dramma giocoso A kind of comic opera originating around 1750, with sentimental or pathetic plots bordering on tragedy rather than the traditional lighthearted comic plots.
- diatonic scale A seven note musical scale, consisting of five whole steps and two half steps.
- 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.
- zart Tender, delicate.
- licenza A directive to perform a certain passage with some freedom of manner.
- staff Series of five horizontal lines upon and between which the musical notes are written, thus indicating, in connection with a clef, their pitch.
- sereno Serene, calm.
- dump A slow, melancholic old English dance, usually in 4/4 time.
- cadence A sequence of chords that terminates a musical phrase or section.