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basso(n)
lowest male voice
baritone(n)
male voice between bass and tenor
tenor(n)
male voice between baritone and alto
alto(n)
highest male voice
contralto(n)
lowest female voice
mezzo-soprano(n)
female voice between contralto and soprano
soprano(n)
highest female voice
coloratura(n)
1. ornamental passages in vocal music
falsetto
1. unnaturally high-pitched male voice
2. Artificially high voice
grave(adv)
slowest tempo in music
largo(adv)
slow and dignified
adagio(adv)
slow in an easy graceful manner
lento(adv)
slow
andante(adv)
moderately slow, but flowing
moderato(adv)
in moderate time
allegro(adv)
brisk; quick; lively
vivace(adv)
brisk; spirited
presto(adv)
quick
prestissimo(adv)
at a very rapid pace
crescendo(adv)
gradually increasing in force or loudness
decrescendo(adv0
gradual decreasing in force or loudness
dolce(adv)
soft; sweet
forte(adv)
loud
fortissimo(adv)
very loud
piano(adv)
soft
pianissimo(adv)
pianissimo
sforzando(adv)
accented
a capella(adv)
without musical accompainment
arpeggio(n)
1. Production of the tonoes of a chord in rapid, succession, rather than at the same time

2. a chord thus played
legato(adv)
smooth and connected
pizzicato(adv)
by menas of plucking the strings instead of using the bow
staccato(adv)
with breaks between successive notes; abrupt; disconnected
tremolo(adv)
rapid trembling repitition of a tone or chord, without apparent breaks breaks, to express emotion
vibrato(adv)
slighlty throbbing or pulsating effect, adding warmth and beauty to the tone
aria(n)
air, melody, or tune
bravura(n)
piece of music requiring skill and spirit in the performer
cantata(n)
story or play set to music to be sung by a chorus, but not acted
concerto(n)
long musical composition for one or more principal instruments with orchestral accompainment
duet(n)
pice of music for two voices
finale(n)
close or termination, as the last section of a musical composition
intermezzo(n)
short musical or dramatic entertainment between the acts of a play
libretto(n)
text or words of an opera
opera(n)
play mostly sung, with costumes, scenery, action, and music
oratorio(n)
musical composition, usually on a religous theme
scherzo(n)
light or playful part of a sonata or symphony
solo(n)
Piece of music for one voice or instrument
sonata(n)
piece of music having three or four movements
trio)n)
piece of music for three voices or instruments
tutti(adv)
all instruemtns perform together
tutti(n)
section of musical composition performed by all performers
cameo(n)
carved gem with a design higher and of a different color than its background
campanile(n)
bell tower
canto(n)
One of the cheif divisions of a long poem
chiaroscuro(n)
distribution and treatment of light and shade in painting or sketching
cupola(n)
1. rouned roof; dome
2. small dome or tower on a roof
fresco(n)
Art of painting with water colors on damp fresh plaster
intaglio(n)
designed engraved by making cuts in a surface
majolica(n)
enameled Italian pottery richly decorated in colors
mazzanine(n)
intermediate story between the ground floor and the balcony
mezzotint(n)
pictutre engraved on copper or steel by polishing away parts of a rough surface
solo(n)
Piece of music for one voice or instrument
sonata(n)
piece of music having three or four movements
trio)n)
piece of music for three voices or instruments
tutti(adv)
all instruemtns perform together
tutti(n)
section of musical composition performed by all performers
cameo(n)
carved gem with a design higher and of a different color than its background
campanile(n)
bell tower
canto(n)
One of the cheif divisions of a long poem
chiaroscuro(n)
distribution and treatment of light and shade in painting or sketching
cupola(n)
1. rouned roof; dome
2. small dome or tower on a roof
fresco(n)
Art of painting with water colors on damp fresh plaster
intaglio(n)
designed engraved by making cuts in a surface
majolica(n)
enameled Italian pottery richly decorated in colors
mazzanine(n)
intermediate story between the ground floor and the balcony
mezzotint(n)
pictutre engraved on copper or steel by polishing away parts of a rough surface
patina(n)
film or incurstation, usually green, on the surface of bronze or copper
portico(n)
roof supported by columns, forming a porch or covered walk way
rialto(n)
1. marketplace
2. Theater district of town
rotunda(n)
1. Rounded building; especially one with a dome or cupola
stucco(n)
plaster for covering exterior walls
tempera(n)
method of painting in which the colors are mixed with white of egg instead of oil
terra-cotta(n)
kind of hard, brownish-red earthenware, used for vases, statues, etc
torso(n)
human trunk
buffo(n)
male singer who plays a comic role in an opera
cognoscente
person who has superior knowledge of a subject; expert
dilletante(n)
person who follows some art or science as an amusement
diva(n)
principal female singer in an opera; prima donna
impressario(n)
organizer, director of an opera, ballet company, or a concert series
inamorata(n)
woman who loves or is loved
inamorato(n)
man who loves or is loved
maestro(n)
1. eminent conductor, composer, or teacher of music
2. master in any art
mountebank(n)
boastful pretender; quack
politico(n)
politician
prima donna(n)
1. high-strung, vain, or extremely sensitive person
simpatico(adj)
possessing attractice qualities; appealing; likable
virtuoso(n)
one who exhibits great technical skill in an art, especially in playing a musical instrument
dolce far niente(n)
delightful idleness
fiasco(n)
crash; complete failure
imbroglio(n)
1. difficutl situation
2. complicated disagreement
incognito(adv)
with one's identity concealed
incognito(n)
disguised state
vendetta(n)
feud for blood revenge
antipasto(n)
appetizer consisting of fish, means, etc
Cianti
a dry, red Italian wine
gusto(n)
liking or taste; hearty enjoyment
pasta(n)
1. Wheat paste or dough-either dried, as for spaghetti or macaroni, or used freshm as for ravioli
pizza(n)
large, flat pie of bread dough spread with tomato pulp, cheese, meat, anchovies
alfresco(adj)
in the open air; outdoor
brava(interj)
well done; excellent
bravo(interj)
well done excellent
gondola(n)
1. Boat used in the canals of Venice
grotto(n)
cave
piazza*n)
1. Open square in an Italian town
portfolio(n)
1. Briefcase
2. Position or duties of a cabinet member or minister of state
salvo(n)
1. Simultaneous discharge of shots
sotto voce(adv)
under the breath; in an undertone; privately