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Piano Vocabulary
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12/05/2007

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Accent sign (>)
Definition
placed over or under a note that gets special emphasis; play that note louder
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Adagio
Definition
slowly
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Alla breve (¢)
Definition
cut time or 2/2 time
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Alla marcia
Definition
in march style
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Allegretto
Definition
moderately fast
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Allegro
Definition
quickly happily
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Allegro non troppo
Definition
quickly, but not too much
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Andante
Definition
moving along
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Andantino
Definition
slightly faster than andante
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Definition
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Animato
Definition
animated, lively
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A tempo
Definition
resume original speed
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Brio
Definition
vigorously
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Cantible
Definition
in a singing style
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Chromoatic scale
Definition
made up entirely of half steps, it goes up and down, using every key, black and white
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common time (c)
Definition
same as 4/4 time
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comodo
Definition
unhurried
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con
Definition
with
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crescendo(<)
Definition
gradually louder
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cut time (¢)
Definition
same as 2/2 time, alla breve
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D.C. al fine
Definition
repeat from the beginning to the word "fine"
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Decrescendo (>)
Definition
gradually softer
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Diatonic
Definition
using only notes in the given key, with no alterations
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Diminuendo (>)
Definition
gradually softer
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dolce
Definition
sweetly
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Dominant
Definition
5th degree scale
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Double flat (bb)
Definition
lowers a flatted note another half step or a natural note one whole step
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Double sharp (x)
Definition
raises a sharped note another half step, or a natural note one whole step
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Enharmonic
Definition
notes thare are writen differently but are identical in sound
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Fermata
Definition
hold the note under the sign longer than its fulll value
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Fine
Definition
the end
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First ending
Definition
play first time only
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Flat sign (b)
Definition
lowers a note one half step; play the next key to the left, whether black or white
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Forte (f)
Definition
loud
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Fortissimo (ff)
Definition
very loud
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Giocoso
Definition
humorous
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Grand staff
Definition
the bass staff and treble staff joined together by a brace
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Grazioso
Definition
gracefully
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Harmonic intervals
Definition
distances between notes or keys that are played
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Incomplete measure
Definition
a measure at the beginning of a piece with fewer counts than indicated in the time signature. The missing beats are usually found in the last measure.
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