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Some random terms

  • brioso [Italian] Vivacious, spirited, lively.
  • hocket A Medieval practice of composition in which two voices would move in such a manner that one would be still while the other moved and vice-versa.
  • articulation The manner in which adjacent notes of a melody are connected or separated. Woodwind and brass instruments generally articulate by tonguing, the use of the tongue to break the airflow into the instrument.
  • recitative A flexible style of vocal delivery employed in opera, oratorio, and cantata and tailored to the accents and rhythms of the text.
  • fiero [Italian] Proud, haughty, noble.
  • più [Italian] “More”.
  • aubade [French] A song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak.
  • andantino [Italian] A moderate tempo marking, which can be faster or slower than andante.
  • plainte [French] A song or instrumental composition with a slow, lamenting character.
  • monophony Music that is written for only one voice or part.
  • 8vb [Italian] A directive to perform an octave lower than written.
  • piano [Italian] Softly, quietly.
  • polka A lively ballroom dance of Bohemian origin in duple meter greatly, popular in the 19th century. Also a short, lyric piano composition.
  • whole tone An interval of two semitones, a major second.
  • doppio [Italian] “Double”.