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- portamento Literally, “carrying”. In singing or playing continuous-pitch instruments, the technique of gliding from one note to another without actually defining the intermediate notes: a smooth sliding between two pitches.
- malinconico Melancholic.
- nocturne A composition to be played at night in the open air. Also used by composers for piano and orchestral pieces that suggest some aspect of the night and are usually solemn and contemplative.
- Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis The numbering system identifying compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.
- calmo Calm.
- mainstream Music which is currently popular and in demand.
- note A notational symbol used to represent the duration of a sound and, when placed on a music staff, to also indicate the pitch of the sound.
- vivacissimamente A directive to perform in a very lively or brisk manner.
- avec “With”.
- bravura Literally, “skill”. Great dexterity and skill in execution.
- ronde Lively Renaissance round dance or country dance associated with the outdoors, in which the participants danced in a circle or a line.
- lamentoso Like a lament, plaintive.
- burlesque A humorous composition, usually involving parody or grotesque exaggeration.
- concert A public musical performance.
- maestoso Majestic.