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Words Dealing with Musical Compositions

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aria
air, melody, or tune; especially, an elaborate, accompanied melody for a single voice in an opera
bravura
1. piece of music requiring skill and spirit in the performer
2. display of dating or brilliancy
cantata
story or play set to music to be sung by a chorus, but not acted
concerto
long musical composition for one or more principal instruments with orchestral accompaniment
duet
1. piece of music for two voices or instruments
2. two singers or players performing together; duo
finale
close or termination, as the last section of a musical composition
intermezzo
1. short musical or dramatic entertainment between the acts of a play
2. short musical composition between the main divisions of an extended musical work
3. short, independent musical composition
libretto
text or words of an opera or other long musical composition
opera
play mostly sung, with costumes, scenery, action, and music
oratorio
musical composition, usually on a religion theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra
scherzo
light or playful part of a sonata or symphony
solo
1. piece or music for one voice or instrument
2. anything done without a partner
sonata
piece of music (for one or two instruments) having three or four movements in contrasted rhythms but related tonality
trio
1. piece of music for three voices or instruments
2. three singers or players performing together
tutti
1. all (a directions for all the instruments and/or voices to perform together)
2. section of a musical composition performed by all the performers