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Nancy Monroe Vocab 221 - 230

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a cappella
(adj) without musical accompaniment (adv) in a style marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment
aria
(n) an elaborate vocal piece sung by a single voice as in an opera; a tune or melody
cadence
(n) the balanced, rhythmic flow or beat of poetry, oratory, dancing, or music
crescendo
(n) a gradual increase, especially in the volume or intensity of sound in a musical passage
dissonance
(n) harsh or disagreeable combination of sounds; discord; lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict
libretto
(n) the text of an opera or other dramatic musical work; a book containing this
motif
(n) in a musical composition, a repeated significant phrase that identifies an idea or character; a recurring theme
octave
(n) the musical interval of eight full tones; two notes, eight full tones aprat, that are sounded together; a tone that is eight full tones above or below another given tone
sonata
(n) an instrumental musical composition, as for the piano, usually consisting of three or four movements or parts, varying in key, mood, and tempo
staccato
(adj) in music, cut short crisply; disconnected; composed of short, sharp sounds or parts