Sounds Good 2: Music definitions Flashcards


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A Capella

Vocal music performed without an instrumental accompaniment.

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Absolute Music

Abstract music, the opposite to programme music. It is not composed to represent or illustrate anything else.

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Accent

Extra stress given to a note in a piece of music.

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Accompaniment

A musical part (vocal or instrumental) which supports or provides the harmony for the main tune.

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Aria

Italian word for "air" or tune. A song for a solo voice with or without accompaniment.

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Arpeggio

A type of broken chords. The notes are played one by one in ascending or descending order.

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Ascending

Music which moves from lower to higher notes.

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Barbershop

A style of a cappella singing that typically uses four-part close harmony.

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Baroque

Musical era from 1600 to 1750.

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Basso Continuo

An accompaniment made up of a continuous base line over which chords are improvised.

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Block Chord

A chord which notes are played simultaniously.

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Body Percussion

Sounds made using parts of the body.

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Broken Chord

A chord whose notes are played in succession or in sequence.

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Cadence

A short chord progression used at the end of a musical phrase to create a resting point in the music.

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Call and Response

A compostitional technique in which a first musical phrase sounds as though it is answered by a second phrase performed by a different voice or group.