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DefinitionTerm
Moderate.
The organization of rhythm in time; the grouping of beats into larger, regular patterns, notated as measures.
Two-part (A-B) form with each section normally repeated. Also two-part form.
A rhythmic group or unit that contains a fixed number of beats, divided on the musical staff by bar lines.
The highness or lowness of a tone, depending on the frequency.
The interweaving of melodic (horizontal) and harmonic (vertical) elements in the musical fabric.
Moderately loud.
The simultaneous combination of notes and the ensuing relationships of intervals and chords.
Broad; very slow.
The deliberate upsetting of the meter or pulse through a temporary shifting of the accent to a weak beat or an offbeat.
Soft.
A regular pulsation; a basic unit of length in musical time.
The controlled movement of music in time.
The high point in a melodic line or piece of music, usually representing the peak of intensity, range, and dynamic.
Lively.
The distance between the lowest and highest tones of a melody, an instrument, or a voice.
Concordant or harmonious combination of tones that provides a sense of relaxation and stability in music.
A musical symbol denoting pitch and duration.
Very loud.
A type of polyphonic composition in which one musical line strictly imitates another at a fixed distance throughout.
A melodic idea presented in one voice and then restated in another, each part continuing as others enter.
The first note of a scale or key (DO-re-mi). Also known as keynote.
Loud
Two or more melodic lines combined into a multi-voiced texture, as distinct from monophonic.
Growing softer
A combination of tones that sounds discordant and unstable, in need of resolution.
Very soft.
Three part (A-B-A) form based on a statement (A), contrast or departure (B), and repetition (A). Also known as three-part form.
A short melodic, rhythmic, or harmonic pattern that is repeated throughout a work or a section of one.
A common chord type consisting of three pitches built on alternate tones of the scale (e.g., steps 1-3-5, or do-mi-sol).
DefinitionTerm
Moderately soft.
The principle of organization around a tonic, or home,pitch, based on a major or minor scale.
A resting place in a musical phrase; music punctuation.
Regular vertical lines through the musical staff.
A short melodic or rhythmic idea; the smallest fragment of a theme that forms a melodic-harmonic-rhythmic unit.
A series of tones in ascending or descending order; may present the notes of a key.
Solemn; very, very slow
The line, or tune, in music / a succession of single tones or pitches perceived by the mind as a unity.
The musical unit; often a component of a melody.
The distance between any two pitches in a melody
The rate of vibration of a string or column of air, which determines pitch.
Very fast.
A perpetual canon at the unison in which each voice enters in succession with the same melody (for example, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”).
Fast, cheerful.
A song structure in which the same music is repeated with every stanza (strophe) of the poem).
An accompanying melody sounded against the principal melody.
A sound of definite pitch.
Growing louder.
A melodic idea used as a basic building block in the construction of a composition. Also known as subject.
A sudden stress or accent on a single note or chord.
A single-line texture, or melody without accompaniment.
Moderately slow or walking pace.
Texture in which all voices, or lines, move together in the same rhythm.
A simultaneous combination of three or more tones that constitute a single block of harmony.
The rate of speed or pace of music.
The simultaneous use of several rhythmic patterns or meters, common in twentieth-century music and in certain African music.
The overall shape of a melodic line. It can move upward, downward, or remain static.
Texture in which two or more voices (or parts) elaborate the same melody simultaneously, often the result of improvisation.
Restatement of an idea or motive at a different pitch level.
Quite slow

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