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- monotone A single sustained, unvarying tone, or a succession of notes of the same tone. Often used in the recitation of liturgical texts.
- Hertz The basic unit of measurement of frequency, definable as one cycle per second. Usually abbreviated “Hz”.
- diatonic scale A seven note musical scale, consisting of five whole steps and two half steps.
- corps Literally, “body”. May indicate the body of an instrument or a company of performers.
- klingen To resonate.
- Stück A piece of music.
- eilen To hasten, to accelerate.
- ober Upper, higher.
- agilità A directive to perform with lightness or agility.
- madrigal choir Small vocal ensemble that specializes in a cappella secular works.
- elegante Elegant, graceful.
- pantomime Theatrical genre in which an actor silently plays all the parts in a show while accompanied by singing.
- monothematic Work or movement based on a single theme.
- con mala grazia Ungracefully, awkwardly.
- chaconne Baroque form in 3/4 time similar to the passacaglia, in which the variations are based on a repeated chord progression.