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Definition Term % Correct
Sung without accompanimenta capella
89.9%
Male voice between tenor and bassbaritone
89.9%
Loud, strongforte
88.6%
A dance in 3/4 timewaltz
86.3%
The speed at which a piece of music is performedtempo
85.8%
Piece of music for five playersquintet
85.7%
Method of playing in which the notes are short and detachedstaccato
79.6%
The set of sharps or flats written at the beginning of each staffkey signature
77.6%
A rustic Irish dance, often used as part of a suitejig (gigue)
77.5%
A note that is neither flat nor sharpnatural
75.1%
A performer of exceptional skillvirtuoso
71%
Literally, 'work'; a word used, followed by a number, for the numbering of a composer's worksopus
71%
The distance between two notes (e.g., C-F, a fourth)interval
70.6%
Definition Term % Correct
Literally, 'wood sound'xylophone
68.5%
Gradually slowing downritardando
66.3%
Running a finger up or down a series of notes (as on a harp or piano)glissando
65.3%
Quick, fastpresto
59.2%
A combination of notes, such as a chordharmony
56.1%
Literally, 'little book', the text of a vocal work, particularly operalibretto
56.1%
'Repeat from the beginning'da capo
55.7%
Conductor's gesture which precedes the beginning of a measureupbeat
49.3%
The changing from one key to another in the course of a piece of musicmodulation
49%
A flourish, usually improvised, inserted into the final section of a vocal aria or instrument solocadenza
44.4%
In sonata form, the first section of a composition, in which the themes are presentedexposition
41%
Austrian stringed folk instrument, used for 'local color' in operetta scoreszither
37.9%

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