Music Terms

Music consisting of one melodic line.
Monophonic.
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The actual or implied presence of a musical key in a composition.
Tonality.
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Atonalism
Absence of a key.
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One or more vocalists performing without an accompaniment.
A capella
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Melody & Accompaniment
Homophonic
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Movement in music where the characteristics are crisp and direct.
Neoclassical.
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Music written to be sung or played in unison.
Homophony.
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Pleasing combination of two or three tones played together in the background while a melody is being played.
Harmony.
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The structure of a piece of music.
Form.
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The first section of a movement written in sonata form, introducing the melodies and themes.
Exposition.
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Harsh, discordant, and lack of harmony. Also a chord that sounds incomplete until it resolves itself on a harmonious chord.
Dissonance.
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Dull, monotonous tone such as a humming or buzzing sound. Also a bass note held under a melody.
Drone.
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Music composed such that each note is used the same number of times
Twelve Tone Music.
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A chord comprised of three whole tones resulting in an augmented fourth or diminished fifth.
Tritone.
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The range of an instrumental or a vocal part.
Tessitura.
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A successive transposition and repetition of a phrase at different pitches.
Sequence.
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The principal note of a triad.
Root.
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A musical form where the principal theme is repeated several times.
Rhondo.
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The major and minor keys that share the same notes in that key. For example: A minor shares the same note as C major.
Relative Major and Minor.
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To repeat a previous part of a composition generally after other music has been played.
Reprise.
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Combining a number of individual but harmonizing melodies. Also known as counterpoint.
Polyphony.
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Tones used to embellish the principal melodic tone.
Ornaments.
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To shift to another key.
To shift to another key.
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A contrapuntal song written for at least three voices, usually without accompaniment.
Madrigal.
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The seventh note of the scale where there is a strong desire to resolve on the tonic.
Leading note.
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Atonal and violent style used as a means of evoking heightened emotions and states of mind.
Expressionism.
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Two or three melodic lines played at the same time.
Counterpoint.
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Passage for the entire ensemble or orchestra without a soloist.
Tutti.
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A melodic or, sometimes a harmonic idea presented in a musical form.
Theme.
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A glissando or portamento. Also refers to the moving part of a trombone.
Slide.
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The actual or implied presence of a musical key in a composition.

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Tonality.

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One or more vocalists performing without an accompaniment.

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Melody & Accompaniment

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