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Theory Definitions

Theory Level 7

QuestionAnswer
Animato Animated, lively
Asymmetrical Meter The combination of two simple meterswhere the pulse cannot be divided into 2, 3, or 4 beats per measure.
Compound Meter A meter in which the beat can be subdivided into groups of three
Dolce Sweetly
Chromatic Sign Group name for sharps, flats, and naturals
Double Flat Lowers a tone by a whole step
Double Sharp Raises a tone by a whole step
Lento A slow tempo
Major Interval The set of intervals in the major scale using scale degrees 1-2, 1-3, 1-6, and 1-7.
Minor Scale A scale using the following pattern of whole and half steps: WHWWHWW
Major Scale A scale using the following pattern of whole and half steps: WWHWWWH
Meter The organization of beats that divides rhythms into two or four parts
Perfect Interval The set of intervals in the major scale, using scale degrees 1-1, 1-4, 1-5, and 1-8.
Piu Mosso More motion; quicker
Primary Triads Chords built on the tonic, subdominant, and dominant notes. Their Roman numerals are i, iv, V or I, IV, V.
Sempre Always
Simple Meter The organization of beats that divides rhythms into two or four parts
Suite A collection or set of pieces that are related to one another in some way
Theme and Variation A piece that states a musical idea in the opening section and then alters it, usually rhythmically
Triad Fifth The highest pitch of a triad (a fifth above the root)
Triad Third The middle pitch of a triad (a third above the root)
Unison A repetition of the same pitch, or the same pitch that is sung or played by two different voices or instruments at the same time.
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