Dictionary of Musical Terms


A

a cappella
a due
a niente
a tempo
accelerato
accent
accentato/accentuato
accessible
acoustics
adagio
allegretto
allegro
alto
ambitus
amore
amplifier
anacrusis
andante
anima
antiphon/antiphonal
arpeggio/arpeggiato
articulato

B

bar (or measure)
bass
basso continuo
beat
bellicoso
bend
binary
bruvara
bridge
brillante
broken chord

C

cadence
cadenza
canon
capo
chorale
chord
chromatic
clef
coda
common time
comping
concerto
contralto
count
crescendo
cut time

D

de capo
decelerando
decrescendo
downtempo
drone
drop
dynamics

E

encore
ensemble
etude

F

fall
falsetto
fantasia
fill
flat
flautando
forte
fortepiano
fortissimo

G

G.O.A.T.
gospelfest
gospel music
grace note

H

harmony
hymn/hymnal

I

improvise
intonation

J

jazz standard

K

key
keyboard
keyboardist

L

legato

M

major
measure
medley
meter
mezzo
mezzo forte (mf)
mezzo piano (mp)
mezzo-soprano
motif

N

natural

O

octave
organ trio
ostinato
overplaying
oversinging
overture

P

pan
pentatonic scale
pianissimo
piano
piano-vocal score
pitch
pizzicato
prelude

Q

quartal
quarter tone
quartet
quintal
quintuplet

R

recitative
reprise
riff

S

scale
semitone
sharp
shed/shedding
solo
sonata
soprano
staccato
symphony
syncopation

T

tempo
tenor
timbre
time
tremolo
trill
triplet

U

unison

V

vamp
vibrato
virtuoso
vocal score

W

X

Y

Z

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