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Discovering music through listening
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Glossary

Sunday, 14 July 2024, 3:28 AM
Site: Open Learning
Course: Discovering music through listening (DMTL_1)
Glossary: Glossary
K

Key

The tonal centre of a composition which defines the relationship of notes, chords and structure.

L

Legato

Smooth, connected.

M

Major/minor

Terms to describe intervals, scales, chords and keys, distinguished mainly by the third note.

Melody

The correct term for a tune.

Metre

The division of pulse into groups of 2, 3 or 4 beats.

Motif

The shortest possible fragment of music that can be perceived structurally.

Movement

A self-contained section of a larger piece of music such as a sonata or symphony. Movements are characterised by differing tempos and characters and in performance are separated from each other by a brief pause.

Muted

Muffled or softened.

P

Pianissimo

Very quiet.

Pitch

The absolute quality of a musical note perceived as high or low, but determined by frequency.