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Glossary of Musical Terms



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A
Accelerando
Accompaniment
Adagio
Affections
Air
Alla
Allegro
Allemande
Alto
Andante
Anthem
Arabesque
Arco
Aria
Arietta
Ariette
Assai
Atonal
Aubade
B
Badinerie
Bagatelle
Bagpipe
Ballad
Ballad opera
Ballata
Ballet
Ballet-héroïque
Bar
Barcarolle
Baritone
Baroque
Bass
Bass (voice)
Bass-baritone
Basso buffo
Bass cantante
Basso continuo
Basso profondo
Bassoon
Beat
Berceuse
Bewegt
Bolero
Bourrée
Brass
Breeches role
Brio
Buffo
Burlesque
Burletta
C
Cabaletta
Cadence
Cadenza
Camera
Canon
Cantabile
Cantata
Canzone
Canzonetta
Cappella
Capriccio, caprice
Cassation
Castrato
Cavatina
Celesta
Cello
Cembalo
Chaconne
Chamber music
Chamber orchestra
Chanson
Chant
Chapel
Choir
Chorale
Chorale prelude
Chord
Chorus
Chromatic
Clarinet
Clarino
Classical
Clavichord
Clef
Coda
Coloratura
Comédie lyrique • Comédie en musique
Comédie mêlée d’ariettes
Comédie-ballet
Comédie larmoyante
Commedia dell’arte
Comprimario
Concertante
Concertino
Concerto
Concerto grosso
Consort
Continuo
Contralto
Cor anglais
Cornet
Cornetto
Counterpoint
Countertenor
Courante
Crescendo
Cycle
Cymbals


 
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  Introduction
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Kinds of Concerts 
Styles of Presentation: Formal, Informal, and Beyond 
Buying a Ticket
Sections of the Theater 
Getting Ready 
Getting There 
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  "Concert Manners" 
The Concert Ritual 
Reading the Program 
Instruments of the Orchestra 
Ways to Listen 
Meeting the Performers 
Essential Life Support 
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