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  • sforzando [Italian] Literally, “forcing”. Dynamic marking indicating a strong, sudden accent.
  • seconda volta [Italian] “Second time”; may refer to the second ending of a repetition.
  • perfect Term applied to the intervals of a unison, octave, fourth, and fifth when they are exactly in tune and not augmented nor diminished.
  • disco Commercial dance music popular in the 1970s, characterized by strong percussion in a quadruple meter.
  • doppel [German] “Double”.
  • close The ending of a composition or passage.
  • ternary form A three-part musical structure (ABA) based on statement (A), contrast (B) and repetition (A).
  • coda [Italian] Literally, “tail”. The last part of a piece, usually added to a standard form to bring it to a close.
  • phrygian The mode based upon the third note of the major scale. In the key of C major, phrygian mode would start on the key of E, and include all the notes of the C major scale.
  • pensoso [Italian] Thoughtful, pensive.
  • buffo [Italian] Comic, humorous.
  • rapidamente [Italian] Rapidly.
  • opéra comique [French] French comic opera that is not necessarily sung throughout.
  • inflection Small alteration of the pitch by a microtonal interval.
  • double flat An accidental sign consisting of two flat symbols, that lowers a note by two semitones.