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- quarter note A note having the time duration of one fourth of a whole note.
- pavane Stately Renaissance court dance in duple meter.
- fipple The block, typically of wood, that forms the floor of the windway of an edge-blown aerophone.
- passepied A baroque dance in triple meter.
- operetta A less serious form of opera made up of spoken dialog, songs and dances.
- hopak A folk Ukrainian dance, introduced to the orchestra by such composers as Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky.
- estinto Literally, “extinguished”. A directive to perform as soft as possible.
- teneramente Tenderly.
- donna Literally, “woman”, or “lady”. In opera, each of the principal female singers.
- heftig Vehement, boisterous.
- minstrel A court musician or entertainer of the 12th through 17th centuries who performed professionally.
- M.M. Marking typically found at the beginning of a composition, identifying the tempo of the composition in terms of beats per minute. This marking originally stood for “Mälzel Metronome”, but has since come to designate “Metronome Marking”.
- slur A curved line drawn over or under a series of notes, indicating that those notes should be played legato.
- raddolcendo Growing sweeter and calmer.
- pas de deux An established item in ballet consisting of a dance performed by two dancers.