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Some random terms
- microtone Musical interval smaller than a semitone, prevalent in some non-Western musics and in some twentieth century art music.
- 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”.
- con mala grazia Ungracefully, awkwardly.
- vocalise A vocal exercise that is sung without words, typically using different vowel sounds.
- envelope An acoustical term referring to the attack, steady state (or duration), and decay of a sound.
- raddolcendo Growing sweeter and calmer.
- quintus Term used in the 16th century for the fifth voice in a composition having five or more vocal parts. Sometimes it was a countermelody added on top of the usual four voices.
- cantabile Songful, in a singing style.
- legatissimo Very legato, extremely smooth and connected.
- quadrille An early 19th century ballroom dance for four or more couples.
- grace note Ornamental note, often printed in small type.
- gioioso “Joyful”.
- codetta Literally, “little tail”. A passage similar to a coda, but on a smaller scale, concluding a section of a work instead of the work as a whole.
- grand staff A combination of two staves with a brace, usually used for piano music.
- art music Music implying advanced structural and theoretical considerations and a written musical tradition. It is frequently used as a contrasting term to popular music and folk music.