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- geschwind Swift, swiftly.
- shanty A song sung by sailors while working on a ship. A shanty has a chorus, which is sung by all, and verses that are usually sung by one voice.
- dissonance Any interval or chord that sounds impure, harsh, or unstable.
- Requiem A composition to honor the deceased.
- hairpin The symbol, made up of two joined lines, used to indicate a crescendo or a decrescendo.
- quartet A piece for four singers or instrumentalists. Also, a group of such musicians.
- vocal cords The vocal organs in the human being which produce sound.
- haut Literally, “high”. Medieval category of loud instruments, used principally for outdoor occasions.
- soli “Alone” (plural form). A directive to perform with an entire section of an ensemble.
- decani In Anglican church music, referring to the half of the choir sitting on the dean's side of the church.
- cassation Classical instrumental genre related to the serenade or divertimento, often performed outdoors.
- stretto In a fugue, that situation in which the subject and answer overlap one another, or when two subjects enter in close succession.
- Minnesinger A poet or musician of the Minnesang tradition in Germany, active during the 12th through the 15th centuries.
- rinforzando Literally, “reinforcing”. Dynamic marking indicating that several notes, or a short phrase, are to be emphasized.
- overture An introductory movement, as in an opera or oratorio, often presenting melodies from arias to come. Also an orchestral work for concert performance.