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Concert Orchestra Vocab list

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Glissando
A continuous slide upward or downward between two notes
crescendo
gradually getting louder
Romantic period
focus changed to an emotional, expressive, imaginative style
tremolo
quick repetition of the same note
segue
Go directly to the next part
Caesura
railroad tracks, short break or pause in Music
cantabile
in a singing manner
Rubato
Slowing down/speeding up the tempo without changing the basic pulse. "Robbed"
Legatura
A tie or slur
Sforzando
Sudden strong accent
larghetto
Slow and dignified, less slow then Largo
Dolce
Sweetly, gently
Double stop
Playing 2 notes simultaneously
Staccato
Short, separated
Prelude
A musical composition, usually brief, played as an introduction to another larger musical piece
Fermata
Hold, prolonged beyond its normal duration
Soli
Section playing solo line
Accelerando
Gradually quicken tempo
Molto
Very
Presto
In a Very quick tempo
Tone
Characterized by its duration, pitch, intensity and timbre
Sostenuto
Sustained
Rondo
Use of a recurrent theme between a series of varied episodes
Rallentando
Play gradually slower
Giocoso
Cheerful, playful
Cadenza
Elaborate passage for the soloist(s)
Tutti
All instruments together
Calando
Gradually diminishing
Lento
A slow tempo
Senza sordino
Play without a mute
Allegro non troppo
Not too fast
Grave
Very slow, solemn
Alla marcia
In a march style
Ad Libitum
At the discretion of the performer
Pic mosso
More motion
Con Sordino
With a mute
Attacca
Continue to the next movement without pausing
Leggiero
Light, swift, delicate manner
Legato
Notes are long and smooth
Sul Ponticello
To bow near the bridge
Piano
Soft
Arpeggio
Notes of a chord played separately
Duet
A piece of music written for 2 performers of equal importance
Con brio
With vigor
Andantino
Slower than Andante, But faster than Adagio
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