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Music Terms

Some definitions of musical elements.

TermDefinition
Melody A series of notes varying in pitch and rhythm. Known as the "tune".
Harmony Two or more notes played at the same time.
Concordant The notes in a harmony agree with each other.
Discordant The notes in a harmony disagree with each other.
Rhythm The arrangement of note lengths in a piece of music.
Timbre The quality of sound distinguishes one voice or instrument from another.
Dynamics The volume of music.
Pianissimo (pp) Very soft.
Piano (p) Soft.
Mezzo Piano (mp) Moderately soft.
Mezzo Forte (mf) Moderately loud.
Forte (f) Loud.
Fortissimo (ff) Very loud.
Tempo The speed of the music.
Grave Very slow and serious.
Largo Very slow.
Andante At a walking pace.
Moderato At a moderate pace.
Allegro Fast.
Presto Very fast.
Crescendo < Getting louder.
Decrescendo > Getting softer.
Enharmonic Equivalents Two of the same notes with different names.
Created by: Luhuala