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- madrigal Renaissance secular work originating in Italy for voices, with or without instruments, set to a short, lyric love poem.
- ripieno The notes added when realizing the figured bass of a basso continuo.
- lieblich Charming, lovely.
- andante Literally, “going”. A moderate tempo marking, usually around 76–108 BPM.
- unter “Below”, “under”.
- basso continuo Literally, “continuous bass”. A bass part that runs continuously throughout a work, characteristic of Baroque music.
- duration The length of time that a note is sounded or a rest (silence) is observed.
- sostenuto Sustained.
- maestoso Majestic.
- dissonance Any interval or chord that sounds impure, harsh, or unstable.
- légèrement Lightly.
- fragmentation The technique of developing a theme by dividing it into smaller units; most common in the music of the Viennese Classicists.
- quadruplet A group of four notes played in the time usually taken to play six.
- pianississimo Extremely soft, softer than pianissimo.
- musique concrète Music made up of natural sounds and sound effects that are recorded and then manipulated electronically.