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Words Related to Music - Musical Pieces

Here you will learn some English words related to musical pieces such as "concerto", "sonata", and "nocturne".

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Words Related to Music
adagio
[noun]
a movement or composition intended to be played at a slow tempo
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allegro
[noun]
a movement or composition intended to be played at a brisk lively tempo
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andante
[noun]
a movement or composition intended to be played at a fairly slow tempo
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concerto
[noun]
a musical composition that is written for one or more solo instruments and accompanied by an orchestra with three movements
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duet
[noun]
a piece of music performed by two people
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trio
[noun]
a musical piece written for three singers or instruments
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quartet
[noun]
a musical piece written for four singers or instruments
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quintet
[noun]
a musical piece written for five singers or instruments
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sextet
[noun]
a musical piece written for six singers or instruments
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septet
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a musical piece written for seven singers or instruments
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octet
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a musical piece written for eight singers or instruments
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nonet
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a musical piece written for nine singers or instruments
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decet
[noun]
a piece of music written for and performed by ten musicians with individual parts or voices
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fantasia
[noun]
a musical composition with an improvised style that does not have a fixed form
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forte
[noun]
dynamic marking indicating that a passage should be played loudly or with strong intensity
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fugue
[noun]
a classical piece of music with one or two simple repeated themes that develop into a polyphonic pattern which is more sophisticated
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march
[noun]
a musical piece in duple or quadruple rhythm that is written to accompany or suggest marching
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voluntary
[noun]
an instrumental composition that is written for organ, played during or after a religious service
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chaconne
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a musical composition in moderate triple time, popular in the baroque era
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aubade
[noun]
a musical piece or poem appropriate to or influenced by the dawn or early morning
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canon
[noun]
a polyphonic composition in which each singer or instrument takes turn in repeating the theme melody after a given duration
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chorale
[noun]
a musical composition resembling or including a harmonized Lutheran hymn or psalm
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composition
[noun]
a written piece of music marked by significant size and sophistication
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divertimento
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a piece of instrumental music with light character in various movements, usually written for a small orchestra
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etude
[noun]
an instrumental composition that is usually short and is intended for practice or demonstration of a skill
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gavotte
[noun]
a piece of music in moderately quick ⁴/₄ time intended for a French dance popular in the 18th century
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intermezzo
[noun]
a short instrumental piece that is performed between the acts of an opera or other musical performance
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largo
[noun]
a musical piece that is intended to be performed at a very slow tempo and in a serious manner
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minuet
[noun]
a piece of music set to a formal couple dance marked with triple time rhythm, toe pointing and bowing, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries
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Mass
[noun]
a religious ceremony that includes a choral composition with multiple voices and instruments, based on religious texts
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medley
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a set of musical pieces that are performed or sung successively in a continuous tune
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nocturne
[noun]
a romantic or dreamy composition written for the piano, dealing with night or evening
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opus
[noun]
a musical piece or collection that is written by a famous composer followed by the date in which it was created
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oratorio
[noun]
a lengthy musical composition with a religious theme based on the Bible written for orchestra, choirs and singers without using costumes, action or any scenery
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raga
[noun]
a piece of traditional Indian music marked by intervals and melodic patterns, used for improvisation
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rhapsody
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an instrumental composition marked with irregular form and improvisation, expressing strong emotions
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scherzo
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a light and short instrumental piece of music in rapid triple time that is usually part of a symphony or sonata
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signature tune
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a short and particular piece of music associated with a specific program or performer
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solo
[noun]
a musical piece written for one singer or instrument
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sonata
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a musical composition for a solo instrument, typically accompanied by piano, in 3 or 4 movements of contrasting keys
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song
[noun]
a piece of music that has words
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string quartet
[noun]
a musical composition that is specifically written for two violins, a viola, and a cello, and typically consists of four movements
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symphony
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a long and sophisticated musical composition written for a large orchestra, in three or four movements
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tone poem
[noun]
a piece of music in one movement that is intended for symphony orchestra, telling a story or describing a place or an idea
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track
[noun]
a musical piece or song recorded on a CD, tape, or vinyl record
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wedding march
[noun]
a piece of music traditionally played during a wedding ceremony
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suite
[noun]
an instrumental musical composition of the 17th or 18th centuries consisting of a series of related keys or a modern rendition of this in several movements
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vocal
[noun]
a musical piece that involves singing
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interlude
[noun]
a short performance that is presented between two longer pieces
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intro
[noun]
a short introduction to a literary or musical composition
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score
[noun]
a written or printed version of a musical composition consisting of all the vocal and instrumental sections
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piano concerto
[noun]
a composition for piano and orchestra, featuring a solo piano part with orchestral accompaniment
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vivace
[noun]
a lively piece of music that is fast-paced
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concerto grosso
[noun]
a musical composition typically from the Baroque period, featuring a small group of solo instruments contrasted with a larger ensemble
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opera
[noun]
a musical play sung and performed by singers
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pavane
[noun]
a piece of dance music in slow duple rhythm from southern Europe that became popular in England in the 16th century, couples danced to this in elegant attire
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saraband
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music that is intended for a stately Spanish dance in slow triple time with accent on the second beat, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries
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gigue
[noun]
a type of composition or movement characterized by its lively and energetic rhythm, often featuring intricate melodic and contrapuntal elements
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