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1

Etude

(French for study) a piece of music designed to train a performer a particular skill on a solo instrument

2

Prelude

A short piece of music with little or no particular internal form, sounding almost improvisatory

3

Polonaise

A slow dance of Polish origin normally in 3/4 time

4

Nocturne

(French for nocturnal) a piece of music inspired by the night

5

Mazurka

An upbeat Polish folk dance in triple meter

6

Waltz

Another form of music relating to a folk dance in 3/4 time

7

Ballade

A large-scale one movement work with dramatic and narrative qualities

8

Scherzo

usually was a name given to a movement of a larger body of work, though in the later classical periods, composers took the scherzo and made it into its own work. They're usually light-hearted, but Chopin's are much darker and dramatic.

9

Piano Concerto

A work consisting of an orchestral ensemble and a smaller group or soloist. Concertos are typically comprise of 3 movements (fast-slow-fast).

10

Piano Sonata

Refers to a form of music originating from the classical period. Usually consists of 3-4 movements with the first in sonata form.