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Some random terms
- très “Very”, “much”.
- seconda volta “Second time”; may refer to the second ending of a repetition.
- A440 The standard tuning of the A above middle C at 440 Hz.
- accompagnato Accompanied.
- villanella A Renaissance polyphonic vocal form, usually with a simple tune in the top voice, and somewhat homophonic, regular rhythms in the lower voices.
- Hertz The basic unit of measurement of frequency, definable as one cycle per second. Usually abbreviated “Hz”.
- natural A symbol placed by a note signifying that the note should be played unaltered, as opposed to the sharp or flat of the note.
- severità Strictness, severity.
- open-hole A flute finger key with a perforated center, allowing the use of techniques such as pitch bending or glissando.
- alt Term used to indicate the tones of the first octave above the treble staff (G5 to F6), which are said to be “in alt”.
- sprezzatura A term used in 17th century Italy describing a free style of performing compositions that ignored strict tempo and rhythm, embracing freedom of tempo and expressiveness.
- transposing instrument Those instruments which are notated in one key on paper, yet sound another key when they are performed.
- chest voice The lowest register of the voice.
- haut Literally, “high”. Medieval category of loud instruments, used principally for outdoor occasions.
- parody A humorous or satirical composition which exaggerates the features of some other composition.