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

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