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Some random terms

  • madrigal Renaissance secular work originating in Italy for voices, with or without instruments, set to a short, lyric love poem.
  • ripieno [Italian] The notes added when realizing the figured bass of a basso continuo.
  • lieblich [German] Charming, lovely.
  • andante [Italian] Literally, “going”. A moderate tempo marking, usually around 76–108 BPM.
  • unter [German] “Below”, “under”.
  • basso continuo [Italian] 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 [Italian] Sustained.
  • maestoso [Italian] Majestic.
  • dissonance Any interval or chord that sounds impure, harsh, or unstable.
  • légèrement [French] 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 [Italian] Extremely soft, softer than pianissimo.
  • musique concrète [French] Music made up of natural sounds and sound effects that are recorded and then manipulated electronically.