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- moto Motion, movement.
- tonality The organization of a composition around a tonic.
- French model A flute with pointed French-style arms and open-hole finger keys, as distinguished from the plateau style with closed holes.
- cantio A religious, monophonic, Latin song of the later Middle Ages.
- carol A festive song, generally religious but not necessarily connected with church worship, and often with a dance-like or popular character.
- stanza The division of a poem that consists of a series of lines arranged together. This is usually in the form of a recurring pattern of meter and rhyme.
- Raabe numbers A numbering system identifying compositions by Franz Liszt.
- tempestoso Stormy.
- Requiem A composition to honor the deceased.
- phrygian The mode based upon the third note of the major scale. In the key of C major, phrygian mode would start on the key of E, and include all the notes of the C major scale.
- pas de deux An established item in ballet consisting of a dance performed by two dancers.
- tempo Literally, “time”. The speed of a piece of music, usually reckoned by the rate of its beats.
- sgarbato Rude, unkind, impolite.
- attack The method of beginning a phrase.
- leggiero Light, delicate.