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Tuplets 2m. Meter 4m. Anacrusis, Phrases and Structure 5m. Form 2m. Rhythmic Duration. Ties and Dots. Anacrusis, Phrases, and Structure. Lecture Three 24m. Introduction 19s. Listening 6m. Elaborating 6m. Building 6m. Harmonising 12m. Summary 7m. Listening to Triads and Hearing the Key Note. Building Triads. Lecture Four 20m. Show More. Introduction 31s. Chord Inversions 6m. Cadence 4m. Chord Names 3m. Common 7m.

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Modulation 9m. Modulations II 28m. Chord Inversions. Chord Names. Common Chord Progressions. Five 22m. Reading 1 reading. Final Exam Part 1 26m. Career direction. Career Benefit. Career promotion. Originating in France, it was a popular dance among European aristocracy until the end of the 18th century. Refers to a type of scale, coupled with a set of characteristic melodic behaviors.

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An ancient instrument used for performing and teaching as well as tuning and experimentation. It consists of a single string stretched between two fixed bridges. A third movable bridge is placed between the two fixed bridges which can adjust the length of the vibrating string, thus changing the pitch produced by plucking the string. This idea will appear often in a piece of music, sometimes exactly the same and sometimes changed. When a motif returns, it can be slower or faster, or in a different key.

A major chord built on the lowered second supertonic scale degree. It can also be called a Phrygian II, since in Minor Scales the chord is built on the notes of the corresponding Phrygian mode. A symbol located at the beginning of a musical staff used to indicate that none of the instruments reading the notation have a definite pitch. Nocturne in Eb Major, Opus 9, No. A tone or note that is not a part of the chord that is sounding. For example, the F in the excerpt below would be considered a nonharmonic tone because it does not belong in the C Major Chord that is sounding.

There are many different types of nonharmonic tones, depending on how the notes are approached and delivered. The traditional types are as follows each has an abbreviation it is associated with :. The movement of two melodic lines where one voice is stationary as the other voice moves in either direction. The ocarina is an ancient wind musical instrument—a type of vessel flute. Variations exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body. It is traditionally made from clay or ceramic, but other materials are also used—such as plastic, wood, glass, metal, or bone.

A song written in commemoration and celebration of a particular event, object, or person. Purcell and Handel were important composers of odes in English Baroque music. A drama set to music, usually sung throughout, originating in 17th century Italy. Opera is a combination of music, drama, scenery, costumes, dance, etc. There are many different types of ornamentation; we just picked two classic types for this example a mordent and a turn. You can also embellish melodies with your own written ornamentation!

A musical rhythm or phrase that is repeated over and over again. There is an ostinato in the bass clef of this excerpt:. An orchestral piece at the beginning of an opera, suites, play, oratorio, or other extended composition. This piece has been used in countless films and television shows, including the Looney Tunes!

When it comes to writing or arranging music, here are a few kinds of Parallel Motion that you generally want to avoid: Parallel 5ths and Parallel Octaves. An example of parallel fifths measure 1 and parallel octaves measure 2. A composition based on a preview work. A sustained note during which the harmony above it changes in some way so that the overall sound becomes dissonant. Notice how the harmony changes in the upper three voices, but the bass stays the same.

Minor Pentatonic Scales use scale degrees: 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7. A cadence ending in V — I, where both chords are in root position, and the tonic scale degree is the highest note of the final I chord. The ability to recognize the pitch of a note or to produce any given note without the benefit of a reference tone. A major chord of the tonic at the end of a musical section that is either modal or in a minor key.

Used for a smooth modulation, it is a chord that is common to the current key, and the one being modulated into. A cadence in which the tonic chord is preceded by the subdominant chord IV-I. Chords built on scale degrees 1, 4, and 5. It can refer to any of a number of popular compilations of lead sheets for jazz tunes but is generally used to refer to Volume 1 of an underground series of books transcribed and collated by students at Berklee College of Music during the s. It got its name to distinguish it from the widely available fake books by providing melody lines, while fake books printed only chords and lyrics of standard songs.

A band leader can conveniently call out page numbers since each edition is also paginated identically. A rhythmically free vocal style that imitates the natural inflections of speech. It is most commonly used for dialogue and narrative in operas and oratorios and is many times found preceding an aria. The ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note by comparing it to a reference note and identifying the interval between those two notes.

This is different from perfect pitch , where no reference note is needed to determine a note. Those keys that have few notes in common. For example, the keys of C Major and F Sharp major would be considered remote. An indication to suddenly and temporarily decrease the tempo; to hold back for dramatic effect. This is different from a Ritardando, where the tempo gradually decreases. A musical form with a recurring leading theme often found in the final movement of a sonata or concerto.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik KV. Rondo: Allegro — Mozart. The fundamental pitch on which a chord is based, from which the chord takes its name, and to which the other tones of the chord are referred to the third, seventh, etc. A slow dance in triple meter, generally found in the Baroque instrumental suite. The dance seems to have been Latin American in origin, imported from Latin America to Spain in the 16th century. Refers to the position of a particular note on a scale relative to the tonic the first and main note of the scale from which each octave is assumed to begin.

Degrees are useful for indicating the size of intervals and chords, and whether they are major or minor. Scale Degrees may be identified in several ways. The most common ways are numbers, roman numerals, and names referring to function. A vigorous, light, or playful composition, typically comprising a movement in a symphony or sonata.

An altered chord having a dominant or leading tone relationship to a chord in a key other than the tonic. Why G Major? This is what makes D Major an altered chord in the key of C Major. Remember that V is the Roman Numeral used for the 5th scale degree also called the Dominant in any key. It is simply saying that this chord is the V of the V Chord. Give it a try!

Remember that Secondary Dominants can be used in other ways as well! You can approach other chords besides the V Dominant Chord. You can also use the vii diminished chord as Secondary Dominant. Check out these examples, and then get to experimenting! Also called a half step or a half tone, it is the smallest musical interval commonly used in Western tonal music, and it is considered the most dissonant when sounded harmonically.

It is defined as the interval between two adjacent notes in a tone scale. However, there are several different types of Seventh Chords:. An indication to make a strong, sudden accent or emphasis on a note or chord. It is usually represented by this symbol:.

Meters that divide the beat into two equal parts.

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A directive to perform the indicated passage of a composition with a relaxed tempo, to become slower. Indicates to play two or more notes in one physical stroke, one uninterrupted breath, or on instruments with neither breath nor bow connected into a phrase as if played in a single breath.

An exercise used for sight-reading vocal music in which each scale degree is assigned a coordinating syllable. An instrumental musical composition typically containing three or four movements in contrasting forms and keys. The highest female singing voice. The typical soprano voice lies between C4 and C6, though many voices can reach beyond. Larger pianos typically have three pedals—the sostenuto pedal being in the middle. This pedal will sustain only those notes that are being held down when the pedal is depressed, allowing future notes played to be unaffected.

A bowing technique for string instruments in which the bow appears to bounce lightly upon the string. A style of playing notes in a detached, separated, distinct manner, as opposed to legato. Staccato is indicated by a dot directly above or below the notehead.

Also called verse-repeating or chorus form, it is the term applied to songs in which all verses or stanzas of the text are sung to the same music. Modulation into the subdominant key often creates a sense of musical relaxation; as opposed to modulation into dominant fifth scale degree , which increases tension. See: Scale Degree. A means of creating tension by prolonging a note while the underlying harmony changes, normally on a strong beat. This particular kind of Suspensions is called a Suspension because the suspended note is 4th above the bass G and it resolved to a 3rd above the bass F.

A disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of downbeat rhythm with emphasis on the subdivision or off-beat. Now look at the same excerpt wit the beats drawn in and notice all of the notes being played outside of the beat on the off-beat. A percussion instrument similar to a gong.

Typically thinner than a gong, the tam-tam has a smaller rim and no protrusion in the center. Either flat or saucer-shaped, the shape and construction produce a great difference in sound. It has no discernable pitch or fundamental note, simply a crash of dissonant frequencies. The tenor is the highest type of male voice, typically comfortable between C3 to C5. Tenors generally have greater control over their falsetto head voice , allowing them to reach notes well into the female register.

The most commonly used tempo terms from slowest to fastest are as follows:. It is usually schematized as A—B—A. A scale of four notes, or a series of four notes usually played one after the other , where the interval between the first and last note is a perfect fourth. A song form consisting of a melody theme , followed by variations of that melody. Composers often use theme and variation to write an entire piece or to write one movement of a larger piece. It is most often used in instrumental music. A song is said to be through-composed if it has different music for each stanza of the lyrics.

A short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of a player. The initial presentation of the thematic material of a musical composition, movement, or section. Music that is pleasing or puzzling to the eye, regardless of how it sounds to the ear. In some cases, the music may make no sense to the ear but has a secret puzzle or message when visually analyzed. This music was most common in the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. A collection of musical lead sheets mostly used in jazz intended to help a performer quickly learn and perform new songs.

A grouping of instruments which produce sound in the same manner and are constructed in the same way but in different sizes such as the clarinet family, the saxophone family, the violin family and so on. A directive to a musician to perform the indicated passage of a composition in a proud, haughty, or noble manner. A sudden dynamic change used in a musical score, to designate a section of music in which the music should be played loudly forte , then immediately softly piano.

It is usually indicated by the following abbreviation:. A compositional technique characterized by the systematic imitation of a principal theme called the subject in simultaneously sounding melodic lines counterpoint. A musical note with a rhythmic value, but no discernible pitch when played. A monodic and rhythmically free liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church that developed mainly in Western and Central Europe during the 9th and 10th centuries. A Latin percussion instrument consisting of a gourd with grooves cut around its circumference and large holes in the bottom.

It is classified as a scraped idiophone. The performer holds the instrument with the holes in the bottom while scraping across the grooves with a stick in a rhythmic fashion. A Cuban dance from Havana later introduced to Spain. See: Cadence. A Half Cadence is any cadence ending on the V Chord. Because it sounds incomplete or suspended, the half cadence is considered a weak cadence that calls for continuation.

A percussion instrument, handbells come in various sizes each size sounding a separate pitch and are usually played in a set ranging in number from six to sixty. They are usually performed by a group of musicians, either each holding a bell in each hand, or lifting them from a table.

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A minor scale that differs from a natural minor scale in that the seventh note is raised one semitone both ascending and descending. An early stringed keyboard instrument that produced tones by means of plucking strings with quills rather than by striking them with hammers, as in the modern piano. The range of the harpsichord is generally about four octaves; it was most popular in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, in the classical era it was eclipsed by the piano.

Nebenstimme German for secondary voice or Seitensatz is the secondary part a secondary contrapuntal or melodic part, always occurring simultaneously with, and subsidiary to, the Hauptstimme. A rare type of high tenor voice, predominant in French Baroque and Classical opera until the latter part of the eighteenth century. In range, it is equivalent to the alto and was normally written in the alto clef. In music, Hemiola is the ratio In pitch, Hemiola refers to the difference between two strings that create the interval of a perfect fifth. In rhythm, Hemiola refers to three beats of equal value in the time normally occupied by two beats.

A technique used in medieval music in which two or three voice parts are given notes or short phrases in rapid alternation, producing an erratic, hiccuping effect. The notes from each part make up the overall melody, though they are not sung at the same time. A directive to a musician to perform the indicated passage of a composition in a pressing or chasing manner.

The difference between two pitches. The rearrangement of notes in a triad or seventh chord so that different scale degrees are in the lowest position of the chord.

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See: Seventh Chord. A lively, improvisational, athletic style of dancing performed to syncopated music which originated in New York in the s and s. German for tone-color melody, it is a musical technique that involves splitting a musical line or melody between several instruments, rather than assigning it to just one instrument, thereby adding color and texture to the melodic line. Listen to the first minute of the piece to hear a demonstration. Also referred to as subtonic, it is the seventh note of the scale where there is a strong desire to resolve on the tonic.

See: Scale Degrees. The short, horizontal lines added to the top or the bottom of a staff for the indication of notes too high or too low to be represented on the staff. In a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes. Standard notation indicates legato either with the word legato or by a slur a curved line under notes that form one legato group. See: Motif. A short, constantly recurring musical phrase associated with a particular person, place, or idea. The text on an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, oratorio, cantata, or musical.

Lieder in the plural is used more specifically to indicate songs in the great German tradition of songwriting exemplified by the work of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss, and others. During this time period, it would have been extremely rare to find an Opera ending in tragedy. An instrument popular in the Medieval and Renaissance eras. The lute is a plucked string instrument of the guitar family, it has a short, fretted neck, a rounded back, and a large body something between oval and pear-shaped. The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale F—F containing an augmented 4th.

It can also be thought of as a major scale with a raised 4th scale degree. A vocal music form that flourished in the Renaissance. Generally written for four to six voices, madrigals are usually set to short love poems. The madrigal is characterized by word-painting and harmonic and rhythmic contrast. In the madrigal, each line has its own tune, rather than the entire composition having a single tune with harmonic accompaniment. A musical direction indicating a note, chord, or passage is to be played with strong accentuation.

A minor scale modified by raising the sixth and seventh scale degrees when ascending, then restoring them to their original pitches when descending. A musical technique that involves a gradual crescendo and diminuendo while sustaining a single pitch. The middle-range voice type for females. It lies between the soprano and contralto ranges.


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The typical range of this voice is between A3 to A5, though some voices may reach even further. Although this voice overlaps both the contralto and soprano voices, the tessitura of the mezzo-soprano is lower than that of the soprano and higher than that of the contralto. A slow, stately ballroom dance for two in triple time. Originating in France, it was a popular dance among European aristocracy until the end of the 18th century. Refers to a type of scale, coupled with a set of characteristic melodic behaviors.

An ancient instrument used for performing and teaching as well as tuning and experimentation. It consists of a single string stretched between two fixed bridges. A third movable bridge is placed between the two fixed bridges which can adjust the length of the vibrating string, thus changing the pitch produced by plucking the string. This idea will appear often in a piece of music, sometimes exactly the same and sometimes changed.

When a motif returns, it can be slower or faster, or in a different key. A major chord built on the lowered second supertonic scale degree. It can also be called a Phrygian II, since in Minor Scales the chord is built on the notes of the corresponding Phrygian mode. A symbol located at the beginning of a musical staff used to indicate that none of the instruments reading the notation have a definite pitch. Nocturne in Eb Major, Opus 9, No. A tone or note that is not a part of the chord that is sounding. For example, the F in the excerpt below would be considered a nonharmonic tone because it does not belong in the C Major Chord that is sounding.

There are many different types of nonharmonic tones, depending on how the notes are approached and delivered. The traditional types are as follows each has an abbreviation it is associated with :. The movement of two melodic lines where one voice is stationary as the other voice moves in either direction. The ocarina is an ancient wind musical instrument—a type of vessel flute. Variations exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body.

It is traditionally made from clay or ceramic, but other materials are also used—such as plastic, wood, glass, metal, or bone. A song written in commemoration and celebration of a particular event, object, or person. Purcell and Handel were important composers of odes in English Baroque music. A drama set to music, usually sung throughout, originating in 17th century Italy. Opera is a combination of music, drama, scenery, costumes, dance, etc. There are many different types of ornamentation; we just picked two classic types for this example a mordent and a turn.

You can also embellish melodies with your own written ornamentation! A musical rhythm or phrase that is repeated over and over again. There is an ostinato in the bass clef of this excerpt:. An orchestral piece at the beginning of an opera, suites, play, oratorio, or other extended composition. This piece has been used in countless films and television shows, including the Looney Tunes! When it comes to writing or arranging music, here are a few kinds of Parallel Motion that you generally want to avoid: Parallel 5ths and Parallel Octaves.

An example of parallel fifths measure 1 and parallel octaves measure 2. A composition based on a preview work. A sustained note during which the harmony above it changes in some way so that the overall sound becomes dissonant. Notice how the harmony changes in the upper three voices, but the bass stays the same. Minor Pentatonic Scales use scale degrees: 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7.

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A cadence ending in V — I, where both chords are in root position, and the tonic scale degree is the highest note of the final I chord. The ability to recognize the pitch of a note or to produce any given note without the benefit of a reference tone. A major chord of the tonic at the end of a musical section that is either modal or in a minor key. Used for a smooth modulation, it is a chord that is common to the current key, and the one being modulated into. A cadence in which the tonic chord is preceded by the subdominant chord IV-I. Chords built on scale degrees 1, 4, and 5. It can refer to any of a number of popular compilations of lead sheets for jazz tunes but is generally used to refer to Volume 1 of an underground series of books transcribed and collated by students at Berklee College of Music during the s.

It got its name to distinguish it from the widely available fake books by providing melody lines, while fake books printed only chords and lyrics of standard songs. A band leader can conveniently call out page numbers since each edition is also paginated identically.


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