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Glossary of Musical Terms



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Mad scene
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Maestoso
Magic opera
Magnificat
Major
Malagueña
Mandolin
Manual
Märchenoper
Marimba
Masque
Mass
Mazurka
Measure
Mélodie
Melodrama
Melodramma
Meno
Mesto
Metamorphosis
Metre
Metronome
Mezzo
Mezzo-soprano
Minor
Minstrel
Minuet
Miserere
Missa
Mode
Moderato
Mosso
Molto
Monody
Motet
Motif
Moto
Movement
Music drama
Music theatre
Mute
Nachtmusik
Natural
Neoclassical
Nocturne
Nonet
Notation
Note
Number opera
Obbligato
Oboe
Octave
Octet
Ondes martenot
Opera
Opéra bouffe
Opera buffa
Opéra comique
Opéra féerie
Opéra semiseria
Opera seria
Opéra-ballet
Operetta
Opus
Oratorio
Orchestra
Orchestration
Organ
Ostinato
Overture


 
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Getting There 
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The Concert Ritual 
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