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Some random terms

  • monotone A single sustained, unvarying tone, or a succession of notes of the same tone. Often used in the recitation of liturgical texts.
  • Hertz [German] 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 [French] Literally, “body”. May indicate the body of an instrument or a company of performers.
  • klingen [German] To resonate.
  • Stück [German] A piece of music.
  • eilen [German] To hasten, to accelerate.
  • ober [German] Upper, higher.
  • agilità [Italian] A directive to perform with lightness or agility.
  • madrigal choir Small vocal ensemble that specializes in a cappella secular works.
  • elegante [Italian] 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 [Italian] Ungracefully, awkwardly.
  • chaconne [French] Baroque form in 3/4 time similar to the passacaglia, in which the variations are based on a repeated chord progression.