GCSE EDEXCEL Key Terms Revision A - G

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The last section of a vocal raga; a fixed composition in the form of a song
Goblet shaped drum from West Africa
A studio effect ranging from subtle swirling sounds to jet plane effects
In a Tala, these are the independant rhythm parts that go against the main beat of the cycle creating exciting syncopations
Hour glass shaped talking drum held under the arm and played with the hand
A linking passage often used to change the key of the music (modulate) in preparation for the second subject
Made smaller by a semitone
A mingling or blending together of more than one musical style
Different ways of 'spelling' the same pitch; for example, B flat and A sharp
Abbreviation of equalisation, electronically cutting or boosting specific frequencies in a sound
Moving by semi-tones up or down
Indian system of master-pupil teaching
The first theme or melody in a piece in Sonato form
A chord in which diatonic notes other than the seventh have been added to the original triad
An abbreviation for accompanying
Repetitions of a sound after a set time interval, usually at a lower volume
A 'bent' note between the minor and major third
The final section of an instrumental raga, a fixed composition
Two chords at the end of a musical phrase. The 4 types are: Perfect, Imperfect, Interrupted, Plagal.
Absence of tonality / key
The chord sequence in a jazz song
Music in which notes are used that are not in the key of the piece
Instruction for music to be performed in a singing style
Double headed drum (in several different sizes) played with sticks
literally an ornament - 'a crushed note' played as quickly as possible before the main note
The 6 semitones not used in the first hexachord
A long note of 8 crotchet beat duration
A chord with the third in the bass
The opening unmetred and improvised section of a raga
A chord made up of super imposed minor third intervals
A jazz style popular in the 1920's and 1930's in which the pieces were generally written for a large ensemble to be played in dance halls
Notes of chords belonging to or literally of a key
Indian flute without keys
A strong reinforcement of a 4/4 beat by a bass drum
Rhythms that literally cross the usual pattern of accented and unaccented beats creating a regular irregular accents and syncopated effects
A time signature where the beat is dotted and subdivides into groups of three
Replacing one chord with another
The notes of a chord played one after the other rather than together e.g. C-E-G-C
A solo voice piece with instrumental accompaniment in an Opera
Notes used that are foreign to the key of the music
Doubling or more of the original note values
The solo instruments in a jazz ensemble
Any chord which contains an augmented interval that is a chord where the interval of the notes is extended by a semi-tone
Short music ideas
Fifth note of the scale or key, the strongest note after the tonic
A sustained or repeated note (S) on the dominant note of the key
A note repeated or sustained across chord changes
The simultaneous sounding together of two or more notes
A jazz style requiring virtuosic technique, including fast tempo's and complex harmonies
A chord in which one of the notes has been sharpened or flattened to become a chromatic note
An interval larger than an octave; for example a ninth

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