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

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