Music

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Vocabulary for IELTS (General) - Lesson 3

Vocabulary for IELTS (General)
beatnoun

a piece of music or a poem's main rhythm

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actnoun

a main part of a play, opera, or ballet

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chartnoun

a list that ranks top pop records based on sales in a particular period

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choir
choirnoun

a group of singers who perform together, particularly in religious ceremonies or in public

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composer
composernoun

a person who writes music as their profession

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conductor
conductornoun

someone who guides and directs an orchestra

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folk
folknoun

folk music; the modern music that expresses the traditional style of a country or community, or the traditional music specific to a region

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lyricnoun

(plural) a song's words

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microphone
microphonenoun

a piece of equipment used for recording voices or sounds or for making one's voice louder

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rehearsalnoun

a session of practice in which performers prepare themselves for a public performance of a concert, play, etc.

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to releaseverb

to make a movie, music, etc. available to the public

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acousticadjective

(of a musical instrument) making a sound that is natural not amplified

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to amplifyverb

to make a sound, especially a musical sound, louder

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balladnoun

a popular romantic song or one that narrates a story

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anthemnoun

a song that a particular group of people identify with and consider important

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cello
cellonoun

a large musical instrument of the violin family that is held upright and is played by pulling a bow across its strings

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to improviseverb

to create and perform words of a play, music, etc. on impulse and without preparation

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movementnoun

one of the main parts that a long musical work is divided into, having its own structure

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recitalnoun

a public performance of music or poetry by an individual or a small group

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tunenoun

a series of musical notes that form a piece of music which is pleasant and easy to listen to

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melodynoun

the arrangement or succession of single musical notes in a tune

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to auditionverb

to give a short performance in order to get a role in a movie, play, show, etc.

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chordnoun

three or more musical notes that form a harmony when played together

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discordnoun

an unusual combination of musical notes that sound strange when played

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duetnoun

a piece of music performed by two people

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gig
gignoun

a live performance by one or more musicians who play jazz or popular music, or by a comedian

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record
recordnoun

a round, thin piece of plastic with a hole in the middle, on which music, etc. is recorded

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performancenoun

the act of presenting something such as a play, piece of music, etc. for entertainment

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musical
musicalnoun

a film or play with many dancing and singing scenes

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liveadjective

receiving a broadcast at the time of happening

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to streamverb

to send an audio or video directly over the internet with an uninterrupted flow

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