Music Key Words

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Pitch
How high or low a note is / The feeling of a piece (happy = major, sad = minor).
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Tempo
The speed of a phrase / note is.
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Dynamics
How loud a piece / section is.
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Structure
The way a piece is laid out and constructed.
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Harmony
The types of chords, tones, or notes that are used.
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Texture
How the overall quality of chords and melody sound in a piece.
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Timbre
The 'tone' or 'colour' of an instrument is, or a piece of music.
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Duration
How long a phrase / section is.
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Brass
Instruments that are made of metal and blown into (saxophone, tuba, trombone).
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Strings
Instruments with strings played by hand, a bow, or a pletrum (guitar, violin, harp).
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Precussions
Instruments that are hit (drums, xylophone, piano).
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Woodwind
Instruments that are made of wood and blown into (clarinet, oboe, bassoons).
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Atonal
Music or melody that aren't in a key.
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Major
Happy / cheerful chords or notes (A major, G major).
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Minor
Sad / dull notes or chords (E minor, A minor).
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Symphony
A piece of music (orchestra), often in four movements.
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Oratorio
A story that is sunt and is biblical / scared.
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Imitation
A repeated phrase that is altered to fit in various sections.
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Development
The middle section of a sonata form where the ideas are developed.
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Modal
Music in a seven note scale.
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Pentatonic
A five note scale, compared to seven.
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Sonata Form
A piece made up of exposition, development and recapitulation.
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Minuet and Trio
A tenary form often in the third movement of a symphony or sonata.
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Swinging Rhythms
Fast, lively music (jazz, rock, blues) that are usually danced to.
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Ostinato
A repeated pattern of notes or phrases.
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Pedal Point
A note or a phrase held (often in brass).
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Exposition
The first part of a sonata form, where the ideas are first heard.
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Recapitulation
The final part of a sonata form, where the first ideas are repeated, sometimes changed.
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Chromatic
Notes that don't belong to the main scale of a melody.
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Syncopation
Rhythm where the accents are shifted from the main beat, to the weaker one.
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Triplets
A rhythm that plays three notes in the space of two.
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Riffs
A repeated chord / phrase progression that is short (usually in jazz, rock, and funk).
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Accents
An emphasis on a certain note to show how it's played.
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Ornaments/Ornamentation
Decorative notes in a tune.
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Trills
An ornament that is a 'twiddly' set of notes.
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Appoggiatura
A clashing chord which is resolved.
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Dotted Rhythms
A beat that has a long note followed by a short one (or visa versa).
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Sequence
Repeated phrases that are played at different pitches.
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Rubarto
When a tempo is stopped to allow changes with no bad affect.
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The speed of a phrase / note is.

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Tempo

Card 3

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How loud a piece / section is.

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Card 4

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The way a piece is laid out and constructed.

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Card 5

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The types of chords, tones, or notes that are used.

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