Multilingual Music Glossary
- Quadrat See natural.
- quadriglia See quadrille.
- quadrille An early 19th century ballroom dance for four or more couples.
- quadruple counterpoint Counterpoint in four parts.
- quadruple croche See sixty-fourth note.
- quadruple meter Metrical pattern with four beats to a measure.
- quadruplet A group of four notes played in the time usually taken to play six.
- quadruplum Polyphony having four voices. Also, the highest of these voices.
- quarta See fourth.
- quartal harmony Harmony based on the interval of the fourth as opposed to a third; used in twentieth century music.
- quarte See fourth.
- quarter note A note having the time duration of one fourth of a whole note.
- quarter tone Half a semitone.
- quartet A piece for four singers or instrumentalists. Also, a group of such musicians.
- quartetto See quartet.
- quartetto d'archi See string quartet.
- quartina See quadruplet.
- quarto See quarter note.
- Quartole See quadruplet.
- quartolet See quadruplet.
- quasi “Almost”.
- quatuor See quartet.
- quaver See eight note.
- Querflöte See flute.
- quickstep A dance popular in the 1920s in duple meter. Also, a fast march.
- quieto Calm, serene.
- quindicesima See 15ma.
- quinta See fifth.
- quinte See fifth.
- quintet A piece for five singers or instrumentalists. Also, a group of such musicians.
- quintetto d'archi See string quintet.
- 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.
- quodlibet A humorous composition that contains snatches of popular melodies and texts presented concurrently or consecutively.