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- Tafelmusik Literally, “table music”. Music that is performed at feasts and banquets.
- repercussion The frequent repetition of the same sound. Also, the re-entrance of the subject and answer in a fugue following other material.
- dopo “After”.
- Opp. Plural of Op.
- compound harmony Regular harmony with an added octave in the bass.
- flute A woodwind instrument that is held horizontally and sounded by blowing across the mouthpiece of the instrument.
- paso doble Literally, “double step”. A Spanish dance in a brisk duple meter, typically 2/4 time.
- minuet A 17th-century court dance in moderate triple meter, originating in France.
- third An interval of three diatonic degrees, counting the first and last degree.
- falsetto Vocal technique whereby men can sing above their normal range, producing a lighter sound.
- ritardando Gradually delaying the tempo.
- zu “Too” (excessively).
- Lombard rhythm A rhythm associated primarily with baroque music, generally consisting of a stressed sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note.
- simile “Similar”. Often used to designate the continuation of the use of an articulation without repeating the articulation symbol.
- forefall An ascending appoggiatura.