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Basso continuo

Bass line
Harpsichord and cello

2

Ripieno

Big group in concerto grosso

3

Concerto

Solo instrument and orchestra

4

Impressionist

20th century
Music based on paintings

5

Exposition

1st movement in sonata form

6

Subject

The theme

7

Ritornello

Bit of music that keeps coming back

8

Coloratura

High decorative singing

9

Interrupted cadence

Ends on chord 6

10

Passacaglia

Variations over a ground bass

11

Mode

Early scales

12

Inverted pedal

Sustained/repeated note in an upper part

13

Con sordino

Muted (trumpet)

14

Chamber music

Small group of instruments (string quartet)

15

Sonata form

Exposition
Development
Recapitulation

16

Music concrete

Music based on natural sounds (cash register at the start of money)

17

Time changes

Music changes time signature

18

Da capo aria

Song from an opera (ABA)

19

Glissando

Sliding from one note to another

20

Atonal

No key

21

3 against 2

Triplets against quavers

22

Adagio

Slow

23

Arco

Playing with bow

24

Countermelody

Melody that goes along with the main tune

25

Modulation

Change of key

26

Plainchant

Monks, Renaissance, religious

27

Tierce de picardie

Minor all the way but ends on a major chord

28

Timbre

The instruments

29

Pianissimo (pp)

Really quiet

30

Piano (p)

Quiet

31

Mezzo Piano (MP)

Quite quiet

32

Mezzo forte (mf)

Quite loud

33

Forte (f)

Loud

34

Fortissimo (ff)

Very loud

35

Crescendo (

Getting louder

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Diminuendo (>)

Getting quieter