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Legato
Smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
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Pizzicato
Played by plucking the strings with the finger instead of using the bow, as on a violin.
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Staccato
Shortened and detached when played or sung.
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Tremelo
A vibrating effect produced on certain instruments and in the human voice, as to express emotion.
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Fugue
A polyphonic composition based upon one, two, or more themes, which are enunciated by several voices or parts in turn, subjected to contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of dev
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Polyphonic
Having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonizing.
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Monophonic
Having a single unaccompanied melodic line.
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Homophonic
Having one part or melody.
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Ostinato
A musical figure repeated persistently at the same pitch throughout a composition.
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Accelerando
Gradually faster —used as a direction in music.
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Atonal
Not written, played, or sung in a particular key.
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Chromatic
Involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions.
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Major
A key that sounds happy.
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Minor
A key that sounds sad.
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Cadence
An ending part of a piece of music.
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Octave
The difference in sound between the first and eighth note on a musical scale.
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Tone
The gap between two notes, A and B etc.
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Semitone
A difference in sound that is equal to 1/12 of an octave.
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Played by plucking the strings with the finger instead of using the bow, as on a violin.

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Pizzicato

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Shortened and detached when played or sung.

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Card 4

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A vibrating effect produced on certain instruments and in the human voice, as to express emotion.

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Card 5

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A polyphonic composition based upon one, two, or more themes, which are enunciated by several voices or parts in turn, subjected to contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of dev

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