Musical Terms

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Adagio
slow
1 of 20
Andante
walking pace
2 of 20
Moderato
moderate speed
3 of 20
Allegro
fast, lively
4 of 20
Presto
very quick
5 of 20
Rallentando (Rall)/ Ritardando (Rit)
Getting slower
6 of 20
Accelerando (Accel)
Getting faster
7 of 20
A tempo
Return to original speed
8 of 20
Rubato
Tempo is flexible
9 of 20
Antiphony (Antiphonal)
: Where there is a spatial echo effect (e.g. trumpets over there echo horns over here)
10 of 20
Contrapuntal or Polyphonic
: Parts interweave, different melodies together
11 of 20
Atonal
No key at all (‘weird’ sounding)
12 of 20
Pentatonic
Just uses set of 5 notes (e.g. keyboard black notes)
13 of 20
Modal
Not major, nor minor – scales of ancient music, some world folk music
14 of 20
Stepwise (or Conjunct)
: Melody moves up and down mainly by step (neighbouring notes)
15 of 20
Pedal
Continuous note (usually in the bass)
16 of 20
Ostinato
Continuous repetition of a pattern
17 of 20
Binary Form
(AB) Two sections, each repeated
18 of 20
Ternary Form
(ABA) ‘Sandwich’
19 of 20
Rondo
( ABACADA ) One idea keeps coming round again, with ‘episodes’ in between
20 of 20

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Card 2

Front

walking pace

Back

Andante

Card 3

Front

moderate speed

Back

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Card 4

Front

fast, lively

Back

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Card 5

Front

very quick

Back

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