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ELEMENTS OF MUSIC

A list of musical vocabulary for GACE

TermDefinition
melody a succession of single tones or pitches percieved by the mind as a unit
interval the distance and relationship between two pitces
cadence resting place in a musical phrase; musical punctuation
scale GRADUATED SERIES OF TONES ARRANGED IN A SPECIFIC ORDER
Phrase SMALL SECTION OF A COMPOSITION COMPRISING MUSICAL THOUGHT
Dissonance A simultaneous sounding of tones that produce a feeling of tension or unrest and a feeling that further resolution is needed.
Chord Three or more tones combined and sounded simultaneously.
Allegro Brisk, Lively, rapid
Crescendo Gradually growing loudly
Harmony Sound resulting from simultaneous sounding of 2 or more tones consonant with each other.
ACCENT Stress of one tone over others, making it stand out; often it is the first beat of a measure.
Accompaniment Music that goes along with a more important part-OFTEN HARMONY OR RHYTHMIC PATTERNS accompanying a melody.
Adiago Slowly or leisurely.
Rhythm Regular occurence of accented beats that shape the character of music or dance
Staccato The rythmic result produced when a regularly accented beat is displaced on to an unaccented beat.
Tempo The RATE OF SPEED at which music is performed
Theme SHORT MUSICAL Passage STATES AND IDEA.
TIMBRE QUALITY OF MUSICAL TONE that distinguishes voices
SYNCOPATION RYTHMIC RESULT PRODUCED when a regularly accented beat is DISPLACED ONTO AN UNACCENTED BEAT.
Created by: roro33