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Some random terms

  • con slancio [Italian] With energy.
  • interlude Any piece of music played or sung between the movements of a larger composition.
  • villanelle [French] A French term used in the 16th century for pastoral poems or songs. The term was later revived, and applied to compositions by later composers.
  • trepak A Russian dance in quick duple meter.
  • sin' al fine [Italian] Literally, “to the end”. Usually attached to another directive, implying that whatever the other directive stated should be carried out to the end of the composition.
  • arioso [Italian] A short, melodious composition in the style of an aria.
  • ode A composition written in commemoration and celebration of a particular event, object, or person. Especially popular in England.
  • rock A loosely defined genre of popular music that entered the mainstream in the mid 1950s, characterized by a hard, driving duple meter and amplified instrumental accompaniment.
  • voce piena [Italian] “Full voice”.
  • jig A vigorous dance originating in the British Isles in the 15th century or earlier, usually in compound meter.
  • verse A single line in a metrical composition, e.g. a poem. However, the word has come to represent any division or grouping of words in such a composition, which traditionally had been referred to as a stanza.
  • parody A humorous or satirical composition which exaggerates the features of some other composition.
  • R. Either Raabe or Rinaldi.
  • quadruplum [Latin] Polyphony having four voices. Also, the highest of these voices.
  • pitch Highness or lowness of a tone, depending on the frequency (rate of vibration).