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- degree Any tone of the diatonic scale.
- con furia “With fury”.
- affabilità Literally, “affability”. A directive to perform with ease and elegance, in a pleasing and agreeable manner.
- andante Literally, “going”. A moderate tempo marking, usually around 76–108 BPM.
- a due For two voices or instruments; a duet. Also used to indicate that two instruments playing from the same part or score are to play in unison, after divisi or a solo passage for one of the instruments.
- villanelle A French term used in the 16th century for pastoral poems or songs. The term was later revived, and applied to compositions by later composers.
- forefall An ascending appoggiatura.
- difference tone A lower tone that is heard when two higher notes are played in such a way that the frequency of the difference tone is the difference of the frequencies of the other two notes.
- presque “Almost”.
- non “Not”.
- big band A type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. A big band typically consists of approximately 12 to 25 musicians and contains saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section.
- tiento A Spanish Renaissance composition resembling the ricercare or the fantasia.
- scherzando Literally, “joking”. A directive to perform in a lively, playful, animated manner.
- spiccato Very separated, detached.
- klein Literally, “little”. In reference to intervals, “minor“.