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Aria
A lyrical vocal piece, a song, usually for a solo voice with orchestral accompaniment, common in operas, oratorios and cantatas.
Baroque
Historical period of music dating from 1600-1750
Basso Continuo
The Baroque period practice of coupling a low pitched sustaining instrument such as a Cello, bass or bassoon with a harpsicord to provide a firm harmonic and rythmic foundation for the music.
Beat
The basic underlying pulse of the music.
Bourree
A french dance in a moderate 2/2 time
Bridge
Part of a popularsong that a verse with a chorus and provides contrast to the repetitiveness of the verse/chorus format
Caller
In an american square dance, the person who calls out which steps are to be danced next.
Cantata
Sacred vocal genre consisting of multiple movements performed during a church service
Chord
The combination of three or more pitches. (create harmony)
Chorus
Either a large choir of mixed voices or a repeating verse of text and music
Classical
Historical period of music from 1750-1825
Coloratura
A type of soprano voice known for extremely high pitch range and the ability to quickly change notes, especially in the highest register.
Counter Melody
A secondary Melody in a contrapuntal texture.
Courante
A french Dance in fast 3/4 time
Dirge
any slow, sad musicappropriate for a funeral.
dissonant
Harmonies that have harsh, gratingquality.
Duple Meter
meter with two beats, or multiples of two beats in each measure.
Estampie
A medieval dance usually in a fast triple meter.
Folk song
a type of song common to the people of a nation, ethnic group or culture, the origins of which are usually not documented in written form.
Galliard
A fast paced french dance in triple meter often paired with the slower Pavane.