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- one hundred and twenty-eighth note A note having the time duration of one hundred twenty-eighth of the time duration of a whole note.
- sideman A slang term for a musician in an ensemble who is not the leader of the ensemble.
- simple meter A meter in which the main beats are subdivided into twos, such as 2/4 or 3/4.
- mixolydian The Gregorian mode based upon the fifth tone of the scale. This mode, based on G, includes all the tones of the C major scale.
- serein Serene, calm.
- spiritual A style of music invented by Afro-American slaves. Spirituals are generally religious songs with elements of African rhythms, Biblical texts, and American accents. Usually the text is concerned with earthly tribulations and heavenly justice and reward.
- cabaletta A form of aria within 19th century Italian opera. It is usually found as the last part of a double aria, with the scena, cantabile and the tempo di mezzo preceeding it. It is often in a fast tempo.
- Kammer Chamber, room.
- samba Afro-Brazilian dance, characterized by duple meter, responsorial singing and polyrhythmic accompaniments.
- hairpin The symbol, made up of two joined lines, used to indicate a crescendo or a decrescendo.
- sostenuto Sustained.
- figure A short musical phrase.
- glee club Originally, a club designed for the singing of glees, originating in 1787 and dissolved in 1857. In modern usage, a glee club is a club usually, but not necessarily, exclusive to males, organized for the singing of vocal compositions.
- ricapitolazione Recapitulation.
- concertino The small group of solo instruments used in a concerto grosso in contrast to the whole body of the orchestra.