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    MELODIC :RUGVLQWKLVVHFWLRQGHVFULEHZKDWLVKDSSHQLQJLQWKHPHORG\RUWXQH The melody can move in a variety of ways:- ASCENDING Moving in an upward direction DESCENDING Moving in a downward direction STEPWISE Moving by step to the note directly above

    or below LEAPING Jumping between high notes and low notes The melody can move in patterns:- REPETITION Musical idea heard more than once in exactly

    The same way by exactly that same Instrument / voice

    IMITATION Musical idea played by one instrument / voice

    And then repeated exactly the same way by another instrument / voice

    SEQUENCE A pattern of notes repeated higher or lower PHRASE Short musical idea, part of the melody THEME A clear recognisable melody which is the

    main idea for a composition QUESTION An opening phrase in a melody ANSWER Reply to an opening phrase or musical answer

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    The melody can be measured in distance:- INTERVAL The distance between 2 notes

    SEMITONE The shortest distance in music half a tone C to C# or B to Bb, etc TONE An interval of 2 semitones, eg from

    C to D or F to G etc

    BROKEN CHORD Notes of the chord played separately MICROTONE * An interval smaller than a semitone. Used in Eastern European music and also Indian Music. Sometimes found in music of the 20th Century. TRITONE * Interval made up from three whole tones Eg: F - B

    The melody can be decorated in order to make it more interesting:- VARIATION When the main theme is developed by

    adding extra notes or changing the speed or tonality

    ORNAMENT A decoration added to the melody using

    different or additional notes GRACE-NOTE A type of ornament played quickly before

    the note. Used mainly as a decoration

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    TRILL A rapid repeated movement between

    2 notes

    TURN * An ornament 4 notes turn around the main Note.

    Played as : the note above the main note the note below the main note again.

    MORDENT * An ornament.

    Played as : the main note the note above the main note again. (inverted mordent mordent)

    ACCIACCATURA * An ornament which sounds like a


    APPOGGIATURA * $QRUQDPHQWZKLFKVRXQGVOLNHDOHDQLQJQRWH It takes on half the value of the main note

    that follows it. Eg 1 minim becomes 2 crotchets.

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    Melodies can be played using different scales:- MODE * Usually refers to an early form of scale or

    in reference to a major mode (major key) or minor mode (minor key).

    MAJOR SCALE A row of notes built on an order of tones

    and semitones. Major scales can be described as bright and happy

    MINOR SCALE A row of notes built on an order of tones

    and semitones. Two main types Melodic Minor and Harmonic Minor. Minor scales can be described as sad and dull.

    HARMONIC MINOR * Scale sharing the same key signature as its relative major but raises the 7th note by one


    MELODIC MINOR * Scale sharing the same key signature as its relative major but raises the 6th and 7th notes

    by one semitone ascending and similarly lowers them when descending.

    CHROMATIC A scale built entirely on semitones

    PENTATONIC A scale based on 5 notes. Very popular in folk Music

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    WHOLE TONE SCALE A scale built entirely on tones. Popular in 20th Century music and sometimes sounds strange to the ear.

    BLUES SCALE A scale used in BLUES music. In the scale of

    C the main blues scale uses the notes C, Eb, F, Gb, G, Bb, and high C.

    TONAL Music based on a Major or Minor key. ATONAL Music based on no particular key. Sounds

    dissonant and is hard to listen to. Very popular in 20th Cent.

    MODULATING Moving from a higher key to a lower key and

    vice versa RELATIVE MAJOR A change from a minor key to the major

    key with the same signature. The major key is found 3 semitones higher eg, D Minor to F Major

    RELATIVE MINOR A change from the major key to the minor

    key with the same key signature. The minor key is found 3 semitones lower eg, C Major to A Minor

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    TONE ROW * The 12 notes found in a chromatic octave are arranged in a particular order appearing once only in the row. Each note is as important as the other. Found in Serialism.

    In vocal music we can describe the word setting of melodies as follows:- SYLLABIC One note for each syllable.

    MELISMATIC Several notes sung to one syllable

    WORD PAINTING The music can illustrate the word or the

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    SCAT SINGING Nonsense words and sounds made up by a

    singer usually found in JAZZ music.

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    HARMONIC Words in this section describe what is happening in the harmony Harmony can be split into two areas of TONALITY:- MAJOR The music sounds in a major key bright and

    happy sounding MINOR The music sounds in a minor key sad and

    dull sounding

    POLYTONALITY * Two or more keys played at the same time. Eg : 1 part in C Major / 1 part in F Major. Sounds strange to the ear! Harmony is built in the following way:- CHORD Two or more notes sounding together CHORD CHANGE Moving from 1 chord to a different chord DISCORD A chord in which certain notes clash producing

    an unpleasant sound. Popular in 20th Century music

    CONSONANCE Notes which sound well together, pleasant on

    the ear DISSONANCE Notes which do not sound pleasant when

    played together INTERVAL The distance between 2 notes

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    SUSPENSION An effect created when a note from 1 chord is held over to the next chord creating a discord. The note is then resolved

    PASSING NOTE A note moving between 2 notes from the

    same chord, eg D is the passing note between C and E

    VAMP A rhythmic accompaniment with a bass

    note played on the strong beat and a chord played off the beat.

    Chords :- DOMINANT 7th * Chord built upon the dominant (5th) note of

    the key which adds the 7th note above the root (the 7th note of the scale). Eg In the scale of F Major (C-E-G-Bb)

    DIMINISHED CHORD * A chord built from two Minor 3rd intervals. Sometimes used as a scary effect! Eg C-Eb-Gb DIMINISHED 7th * A chord built from three Minor 3rd intervals

    one on top of the other. The interval between the lower note and the top note is a diminished 7th.

    AUGMENTED CHORD * Chord formed from the Major chord where the 5th is raised a semitone.

    Sometimes used as a suspence effect!

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    ADDED 6th * Chord made up from a Major chord with the 6th note added to the top.


    Harmony changes in the following way:- MODULATION A change of key MODULATION TO THE A change from the major key to the minor RELATIVE MINOR key with the same key signature. The minor

    key will be 3 semitones lower eg C Major to A Minor

    Concepts affecting harmony are:- PERFECT CADENCE 2 chords at the end of a phrase.

    Chord V to chord I the dominant to the tonic.

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    IMPERFECT CADENCE 2 chords at the end of a phrase. Chord I to chord V the tonic to the dominant. This cadence has an unfinished feel

    INTERRUPTED CADENCE * 2 chords at the end of a phrase. Chord V to chord VI (minor chord). Known as WKHVXUSULVHFDGHQFHDVLWLQWHUUXSWVWKHIORZ of the music. (always ends in a minor chord!)

    TIERCE DE PICARDIE The final chord in a piece of music played in

    the minor key is changed to major DRONE One note held on or repeated in the bass. Commonly found on a bagpipe.

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    RHYTHMIC Words in this section describe what is happening in the rhythm and tempo Rhythm falls into 2 areas:- SIMPLE TIME Music with 2, 3 or 4 beats in the bar.

    Each beat is usually 1 crotchet COMPOUND TIME Each beat is divided into groups of

    3 pulses Speed changes are described in the following way:- ACCELERANDO Music gets gradually faster RALLENTANDO Music gets gradually slower RUBATO The performer plays in a very

    free way and is able to pull the music about to suit the situation

    Rhythm effects can be described in the following way:- ON THE BEAT The main accents are on the beat OFF THE BEAT The main accents are on the weak

    beat or against the beat SYNCOPATION Accented notes playing off or against

    The beat. Same as above SCOTCH SNAP A rhythmic figure with a short

    accented note followed by a longer note. Mostly found in a Strathspey

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    CROSS RHYTHMS Effect where 2 notes are played against 3

    DOTTED RHYTHMS Long notes followed by short notes

    and vice versa giving a jolty effect TRIPLETS Group of three notes played in the

    space of 1 beat DOWN BEAT The first beat of each bar, which

    The conductor would show with a downward stroke

    UP BEAT The last beat in the bar, which the

    conductor would show with an upward beat

    ANACRUSIS Notes which appear before the first

    strong beat of the bar. Almost like a very short lead-in.

    THREE AGAINST TWO * One line or part playing quavers in

    groups of two while another part plays triplets.

    Concepts affecting the rhythm:- DRUM FILL A rhythmic decoration played on the drumkit BEAT/PULSE The basic pulse you hear in music.

    The pulse may be in groups of 2, 3 or 4 with an accent or stress on the first beat of each bar

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    PAUSE The musical flow / rhythm is held

    up by a long note or silence ACCENTED Notes that are slightly stressed

    sounding louder than others.

    HEMIOLA * Often appears in Baroque music where music which has three beats in a bar moves to two beats and creates a cross rhythm over a bar line. This often happens to emphasise a cadence. Almost gives a Rallentando effect.

    AUGMENTATION * The note values are increased

    affecting the length of the notes. The music sounds slower when repeated.

    DIMINUTION * The note values are decreased. The

    music sounds faster when repeated. TIME CHANGES * Changes in time signature. IRREGULAR METRES * Regular time changes.

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    STRUCTURAL Words in this section describe how a piece of music is put together or constructed All music falls into one of 3 categories MONOPHONIC One single line or part POLYPHONY Texture consisting of two or more melodic

    lines which weave independently of each other CONTRAPUNTAL Similar to above HOMOPHONY Texture where all the parts move together rhythmically These categories are either ACCOMPANIED One or more instruments / voices support the

    main melody UNACCOMPANIED The melody is not supported by any other instruments or voices Music is constructed in the following ways SINGLE LINE One musical part SOLO Single line / performer UNISON / OCTAVE Two or more parts performing the same

    named note at the same pitch or 8 notes apart

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    HARMONY Two or more parts performing different notes at the same time

    ENSEMBLE Group of musicians performing together CLUSTER A group of notes played on a keyboard

    instrument with the palm of the hand. A 20th Century technique harsh on the ear

    DESCANT Another melody above the main tune,

    mainly in vocal music COUNTERMELODY A melody played against the main melody OBBLIGATO A prominent solo instrument part in a

    piece of vocal music. Almost like an instrumental descant

    CONTRARY MOTION Two parts moving in opposite directions Eg one ascending, one descending PEDAL A note which is held or repeated

    continuously in the bass part while the harmony changes over it

    INVERTED PEDAL A note which is held or repeated

    continuously in the upper part while the harmony changes below it

    CHORD Two or more notes sounding together ARPEGGIO Notes of the chord played one after the

    other can be spread beyond an octave ANTIPHONAL * One group of voices or instruments answers

    another. Like an ehco effect. INVERSION * The music is mirrored or turned upside down RETROGRADE * To go backwards a musical section is

    played from the end to the beginning.

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    SUBJECT * The main theme in a composition or the main themes in Sonata Form or the main theme on which a Fugue is based.

    COUNTERSUBJECT * Found in a Fugue. After the subject or

    answer has been played, the continuation on that same voice or instrument is called the countersubject.

    REAL ANSWER * Found in a Fugue after the subject is played,

    the same tune appears in another voice or part in the dominant key. This is called the answer. If the intervals are exactly the same as the subject then this is called a Real Answer.

    TONAL ANSWER * Found in a Fugue. If the intervals in the

    answer are not exactly the same as the subject then this is a Tonal Answer.

    EPISODE * A section linking two appearances of the

    same material. In a fugue, an episode can be used as a modulating link between entries of the subject.

    STRETTO * Where the voices or parts enter very quickly

    one after another as in a Fugue. Music is also constructed using different sections REPETITION A section repeated in exactly the same

    way by exactly the same instrument OSTINATO / RIFF A short musical pattern repeated many times BINARY A form where the music is made up from 2 sections A & B TERNARY A form where the music is made up from 3 sections A B A

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    RONDO A form in music where the first section comes back after each contrasting section

    A B A C A D A E A etc THEME AND VARIATIONS A form in music where each section

    changes the main theme through speed, tonality, time signature or rhythm

    ROUND Each part sings or plays the melody

    entering one after the other CANON Strict imitation where one part sings or

    plays the melody with another part entering shortly afterwards with exactly the same melody

    MINUET & TRIO A dance with 3 beats in the bar. The trio

    is a contrasting minuet after which the first minuet returns

    PROGRAMME Music which tells a story or describes a

    scene or picture MIDDLE 8 Modulating 8 bars connecting 2 related

    sections STROPHIC Music / song with a recurring verse and

    Chorus THROUGH COMPOSED Music / song that does not have a chorus

    or repeat CODA The concluding section at the end of a

    movement or section to give a final effect. CADENZA A show-off passage in a Concerto where the

    soloist performs a solo passage showing how well they play the instrument.

    LEITMOTIV * A recurring theme throughout a work

    which represents a person, event or idea.

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    RITORNELLO * Returning passage. In a Concerto Grosso

    it is the main theme played by the orchestra. SONATA FORM * Often describes the form of the first

    movements of sonatas, symphonies and overtures. Falls into 3 sections : Exposition Development Recapitulation.

    EXPOSITION * The first section of a movement in

    Sonata Form or the first section of a Fugue. BRIDGE * A link between 2 themes. In sonata form

    the transition or bridge passage links the first subject group to the second subject group and also modulates to the key of the second.

    TRANSITION * Similar to above. Bass lines can be constructed in different ways WALKING BASS A moving bass line with notes of the same

    value. They usually move in step GROUND BASS A theme repeated in the bass many times

    while the upper parts are varied ALBERTI BASS Broken chords played in the left hand

    while the right hand plays the melody. Usually found only on piano

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    BASSO CONTINUO * Found in Baroque Music. Consists of a Bass Line usually played by cello, bass, viola or bassoon in addition to a keyboard part harpsichord or organ. The players would fill in missing harmonies.

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    TIMBRE Words in this section describe instruments, ensembles and how they are used Voices are as follows:- SOPRANO The highest range of female voice MEZZO-SOPRANO Female voice range lying between a

    soprano and alto ALTO The lowest female voice COUNTERTENOR Male adult voice range higher than a tenor.

    Can sometimes sound like a female. Sound is produced by singing in what is called WKHKHDGYRLFH

    TENOR A high adult male voice BARITONE Male voice range lying between a tenor

    and a bass BASS The lowest male voice Concepts describing vocals are:- A CAPPELLA Unaccompanied singing LEAD VOCALS The main singers in a group BACKING VOCALS Singers who support the main singer

    usually by singing in harmony in the background

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    CHORAL Music for voices with more than one singer on each part

    COLORATURA * Term used to describe highly decorative,

    florid, vocal singing involving scales and ornaments. The singer would sometimes exceed their vocal range.

    SPRECHGESANG * Technique used in vocal music where the

    singer is required to use the voice in an expressive manner half way between singing and speaking. 20th C. technique.

    Sections of the Orchestra:- STRINGS Consisting : Violin, Viola, Cello,

    Double Bass and Harp WOODWIND Consisting: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone and Bassoon BRASS Consisting: Trumpet, Trombone, Horn and Tuba PERCUSSION Consisting: Tuned Glockenspiel,

    Xylophone, Marimba, Metalophone etc Consisting : Untuned Drumkit, Timpani, Triangle, Cymbals, Tambourine etc Each section has concepts associated with them:- STRINGS:- BOWING When strings are played with a bow ARCO Another word for Bowing PLUCKING Using fingers to pick the strings

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    PIZZICATO Sound made by plucking the strings with fingers

    STRUMMING Sound produced by drawing fingers or

    a plectrum across the strings

    SLAPPING Method of playing a bass guitar where the thumb is used to hit the strings

    DOUBLE STOPPING Sound produced by bowing more than

    one string at a time COL LEGNO Sound produced by bouncing the wooden

    side of the bow on the strings gives a clicking sound

    TREMOLANDO Trembling, quivering effect TREMOLO Rapid up and down movement on the

    strings creating an agitated effect. Can also be produced by playing different notes at least a 3rd apart on piano or wind instruments

    VIBRATO A rapid but minute fluctuation in pitch to

    give an expressive quality to a note. HARMONICS * The high eerie like sounds produced on a

    bowed string instrument by lightly touching the string at certain points. On a guitar this ZLOOVRXQGEHOOOLNH

    WOODWIND:- BLOWING Sound produced by blowing into or across

    the mouth piece FLUTTER TONGUING A method of tonguing in which the player

    UROOVWKHOHWWHUU,WLVSDUWLFXODUO\ effective on flute but also used on brass

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    BRASS:- BLOWING Sound produced by blowing into or across

    the mouth piece MUTED Using a device which reduces the volume

    or alters the sound of an instrument CON SORDINO Musical term for muted PERCUSSION:- STRIKING Sound is produced by hitting an instrument ORCHESTRA SECTIONS:- CONSORT * An old English word, from the Renaissance

    and early Baroque periods for a group of instruments or chamber ensemble. A Whole consort applies to one family of instruments such as Viols or Recorders, while a Broken consort applies to mixed families.

    RIPIENO * The main, larger group of instruments in a

    Concerto Grosso.. CONCERTINO * The smaller, solo, group of players in a

    Concerto Grosso Scottish Instruments:- ACCORDION Instrument with a keyboard in which the

    sounds are produced by squeezing bellows with the arms

    FIDDLE Another name for the violin PIPES Short for Bagpipes

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    Instrumental effects:- BENDING Changing the pitch of a note for example By pushing a guitar string upwards. ROLLS A very fast repetition of a note on a

    percussion instrument like snare drum or timpani.

    DISTORTION An electronic effect used in rock music

    to colour the sound of the electric guitar REVERB An electronic effect which can give the

    impression of different hall acoustics DELAY An electronic effect which repeats a note or a phrase General instrumental concepts:- GLISSANDO Rapid sliding up or down the notes Popular on piano, harp and trombone SUSTAINED When the sound is held on STACCATO Short, crisp, detached notes LEGATO Notes played smoothly CRESCENDO Getting louder DIMINUENDO Getting quieter Individual instruments:- ELECTRIC GUITAR Guitar which requires an amplifier to

    produce sound ACOUSTIC GUITAR A guitar which does not require an

    amplifier to produce the sound

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    12-STRING GUITAR A guitar that is double strung having

    2 notes per pitch SLIDE GUITAR A method of playing a guitar whereby

    the player uses a metal tube or bottleneck around his finger and slides it across the frets to change the pitch

    FRETLESS BASS GUITAR A bass guitar with no frets closer in

    tone to a double bass DRUMKIT Percussion instrument were tuned skins

    are hit with sticks ELECTRONIC DRUMS Drumkit where the sounds are

    electronically recreated along with other percussion sounds

    PIANO Keyboard instrument where the sound

    is produced by hammers hitting sticks ORGAN A keyboard instrument usually found in

    churches often more than 1 keyboard SYNTHESISER Keyboard instrument capable of making

    new and unusual electronic sounds RECORDER Early woodwind instrument sound

    produced by blowing four types, descant, treble, tenor and bass

    PAN PIPES Pipes which are graded in size and bound

    together with the sound produced by blowing across the top of the pipes

    SITAR A string instrument from India. In

    addition to melody strings it has a drone and strings which vibrate with each other

    TABLA Two Indian drums tuned to different

    pitches and often used to accompany a sitar

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    Bands and ensembles:- BRASS BAND A band containing brass instruments

    and percussion CEILIDH BAND A band containing fiddles, drums and accordion.

    Mainly used to accompany dancing MILITARY BAND A band containing woodwind, brass and

    percussion PIPE BAND A band containing Bagpipes and drums ROCK BAND A band containing guitars, bass guitars,

    drums and vocals STEEL BAND A West Indian band containing

    instruments made out of oil drums. Each drum is hammered into panels to make different pitches

    SCOTTISH DANCE BAND A band containing fiddle, accordion,

    piano and drums WIND BAND A band containing woodwind, brass and percussion

    instruments. Usually intended for performance in a Concert Hall

    FOLK GROUP A group of instrumentalists and singers

    performing songs from a particular country JAZZ GROUP A group which performs jazz containing,

    drumkit, piano and trumpet POP GROUP A group of instrumentalists and singers

    performing modern day popular music GHANAIAN DRUM West African percussion instruments ENSEMBLE drums, bells and shakes which are played together LATIN PERCUSSION A set of percussion instruments playing ENSEMBLE music from Latin America, Brazil and Cuba

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    CHAMBER MUSIC Music written for a small instrumental

    ensemble with one player to a part .

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    STYLES / FORMS Words in this section describe the original form /style of the music in relation to the history of music Musical periods:- BAROQUE Music written between 1600-1750. Popular

    composers were Bach and Handel CLASSICAL Music written between 1750-1810. Popular

    composers were Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven

    ROMANTIC Music written between 1810-1900. Popular

    composers were Chopin, Schubert and Tchaikovsky

    LATE ROMANTIC * Music of the late 19th Century and early

    20th Century which retains the dramatic intensity of the earlier 19th C. Music contains vast instrumental forces and large scale compositions.

    NATIONALIST * A term used to describe music which

    incorporates elements of folk music of WKHFRPSRVHUVFRXQtry. It emerged around the second half of the 19th Century.

    Vocal styles/forms:- HYMN TUNE A simple melody used in the church OPERA A secular drama set to music featuring

    vocals with orchestral accompaniment

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    ORATORIO A musical setting of a biblical story featuring vocals and orchestra. No acting or staging

    RECITATIVE Vocal writing found in Opera, Oratorio and

    Cantata following the rhythm or speech. It is often half sung / half spoken in order to move on the story or plot

    ARIA A song found in an Opera, Oratorio and

    Cantata usually with orchestral accompaniment

    DA CAPO ARIA * An aria in ternary form. The 3rd section is

    not written out but the instruction Da Capo (from the beginning) is given instead. The first section is repeated in a highly ornamented fashion.

    CHORUS A group of singers with several voices to each part.

    Used in Opera, Oratorio and Cantata PLAINCHANT * Also known as Plainsong. Unaccompanied

    melody set to words of the Roman Catholic liturgy such as the Mass. Plainchants are Modal and have no regular metre. Sung in Latin.

    CHANT * Unaccompanied vocal music to which the

    words of psalms are sung in the Church Of England.

    MASS * From Renaissance period, a large scale sacred

    choral work featuring a Latin text and polyphonic texture. Usually performed a cappella. Listen for eg, Kyrie, Benedictus, Gloria, etc.

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    MOTET * From the Renaissance period, a religious choral composition, usually unaccompanied ( a cappella ) for the Roman Catholic Church in Latin and is the equivalent of the Anthem of the reformed church.

    ANTHEM * Short sacred choral work sung in English. Sometimes unaccompanied but sometimes

    accompanied by organ. MADRIGAL * From the Renaissance period, a non-religious

    work, polyphonic in style and using imitation. The text is sung in English.


    )DK-la-ODFKRUXV CANTATA A small scale Oratorio PASSION Type of Oratorio describing the Crucifixion.

    Sung in German and features a Chorale CHORALE German Hymn tune written in four parts

    for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Usually Homophonic in texture

    MUSICAL Popular musical play featuring vocals

    and orchestra LIED * From the Romantic period, music for

    solo voice and piano sung in German. SONG CYCLE * A group of songs linked by a common

    theme or with a text written by the same author usually accompanied by piano or sometimes small ensembles or full orchestra.

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    Instrumental styles/forms:- PAVAN * A Renaissance court dance linked with the

    Galliard. The pavan is slow and stately with 2 beats in the bar. (Remember PA-VAN 2syllables)

    GALLIARD * A Renaissance court dance which follows

    a Pavan. The Galliard is quick and lively and has 3 beats in the bar. (Remember GALL-I-ARD 3 syllables)

    OVERTURE * A piece of orchestral music which introduces

    a large-scale work such as an opera, oratorio or musical.

    SONATA * A work for solo piano of solo instrument

    and piano. SUITE * A set of dances or a collection of pieces

    that stand on their own or are part of a larger scale work.

    CONCERTO A work for solo instrument and orchestra CONCERTO GROSSO * From the Baroque period, a concerto in

    which a group of soloists (concertino) is combined and contrasted with a larger group (ripieno).

    FUGUE * A contrapuntal piece based on a theme

    (subject) announced in one part alone and then imitated by others in close succession.

    CHORALE PRELUDE * An extended work for organ based on a chorale

    melody. Usually found in the Baroque era. SYMPHONY A large work for orchestra in four movements

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    FANFARE A short piece played on trumpets usually indicating an important occasion or event

    SCHERZO A lively movement in triple time often found

    in a symphony, sonata or chamber music AIR * A song or simple melody, sometimes the

    title of a movement or suite. SYMPHONIC POEM * A full symphonic work in one movement which

    tells a story in sound, often called a tone poem. 20th Century.

    CHACONNE * A vocal or instrumental composition in slow,

    stately three-beat time with a Ground Bass. Popular in the 17th Century in keyboard music

    PASSACAGLIA * Originally a slow stately dance of the 17th

    century, this term now applies to a piece with a theme which is continually repeated, but not necessarily in the bass like a Chaconne.

    Scottish styles/forms:- BOTHY BALLAD Folk song with many verses telling a story of

    rural or farming / working life GAELIC PSALMS Unaccompanied songs sung in gaelic.

    One member of the congregation starts and the rest follow

    MOUTH MUSIC Gaelic nonsense words sung in imitation of

    the sound of bagpipes as an accompaniment to dancing

    SCOTS BALLAD A slow Scottish song telling a story WAULKING SONG Gaelic work song sung by women. One woman

    leads and the others follow. The sound of WKHWZHHGEHLQJZDXONHGRUKLWDJDLQVW the work surface is heard in the background

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    JIG A fast Scottish dance in compound time MARCH Music with a strong steady pulse with two

    or four beats in the bar STRATHSPEY A Scottish dance with four beats in the

    bar featuring dotted rhythms and a Scotch Snap

    REEL A fast Scottish dance in simple time with

    two or four beats in the bar. WALTZ A dance in simple time with three beats

    in the bar PIBROCH Classical music for the solo bagpipe usually in

    variation form SLOW AIR * A slow traditional song usually played on the

    fiddle or the bagpipes Jazz styles/forms:- BLUES Music written in 4/4 time and mostly

    patterned in a 12-bar structure and on a scale where some notes are flattened the blues scale

    BOOGIE-WOOGIE Blues style for the piano where the left

    had plays an Ostinato with the right hand improvising freely

    DIXIELAND Performed by a small group of players

    where group improvisations and solos are popular

    IMPROVISATION Music made up on the spot by the performer RAGTIME A style of dance music popular at the end

    of the 19th Century. Often played on the piano and featuring a strongly syncopated melody in the right hand against a steady vamp in the left hand

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    performed by Big Bands JAZZ FUNK * A combination of Jazz improvisation and

    the amplified instruments and character of rock.

    Latin American styles/forms:- SAMBA Very lively, syncopated dance with 2 beats

    in the bar featuring a set of percussion instruments as the foundation

    SALSA A musical style originating in Cuba.

    An important element is the rhythm provided by a large percussion section

    20th Century styles/forms:- IMPRESSIONIST A term borrowed from painting in which

    musical ideas merge to create a rather blurred and vague outline. Debussy was an important composer of this style

    MINIMALIST A 20th Century development where simple

    rhythmic and melodic figures are repeated very slight changes each time

    ALEATORIC Chance music. Players have a free choice as

    to the rhythm and pitch of the music. No two performances will be exactly the same.

    NEO-CLASSICAL * Music written from 1929 onwards as a

    reaction to Romanticism. Composers returned to the structures and the styles of the earlier period but included dissonant, tonal and atonal harmonies.

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    SERIAL * Method of composition in which the twelve notes of the chromatic scale are organised into a series or tone row. The row can be transposed, inverted or played in retrograde.

    MUSIQUE CONCRETE * Recorded natural sounds which are

    transformed using simple editing techniques such as playing backwards, slowing or speeding.

    General styles/forms:- COUNTRY An American style of popular music

    featuring banjo, guitar, drums and sometimes vocals

    GHANAIAN Music from West India INDIAN Music from India using instruments such

    as the sitar and tabla INDONESIAN Type of percussion instruments from GAMELAN Indonesia. The instruments are usually metal

    and tuned and the music is built up in layers POP Popular music performed by a group of

    musicians. Usually music that has been in the charts

    ROCK Popular music with a steady driving beat SOUL Afro-American popular music including

    elements of blues, gospel and conveying strong emotions.