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- quadruplet A group of four notes played in the time usually taken to play six.
- haut Literally, “high”. Medieval category of loud instruments, used principally for outdoor occasions.
- rinforzare To reinforce.
- Gesamtkunstwerk The integration of all of the arts (music, poetry, dance and other visual elements) into a single medium of dramatic expression. This term was used by Richard Wagner to describe the vision of his later operas in the late Romantic era.
- exposition The first statement of a theme.
- moresca An exotic Renaissance dance simulating a battle between the Moors and the Christians.
- Eingang An introduction, preface or prelude.
- marziale Martial, with a military feeling.
- score The complete musical notation of a composition, especially for an ensemble, where the individual parts are lined up vertically.
- volta “Time”, as in “first time” (prima volta) or “second time” (seconda volta).
- lentissimo Very slow.
- Lied (Plural: Lieder.) Literally, “song”; most commonly associated with the solo art song of the nineteenth century, usually accompanied by piano.
- polka A lively ballroom dance of Bohemian origin in duple meter greatly, popular in the 19th century. Also a short, lyric piano composition.
- compound interval An interval greater than an octave.
- staccatissimo A style of playing notes in a detached, separated, distinct manner that shortens the notated duration of the note in a more exaggerated way than normal staccato.