Discovering music through listening
Discovering music through listening

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Discovering music through listening

Glossary

Accompaniment
The part of the music that is subordinate to a melody.
Beat
The basic pulse underlying a piece of music which may be stressed or unstressed.
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.
Pulse
The beat underlying a piece of music.
Rhythm
Patterns of short and long notes.
Rubato
A flexible approach to tempo in which slight increases or decreases in speed are used for expressive purposes.
Syncopated
A deliberate disturbance of normal metrical stress, e.g. accenting weak beats.
Tempo
The speed of music which is directly connected to the sense of pulse.
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