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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Music

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
arpeggio
[noun]
a musical technique where the notes of a chord are played individually in a sequence rather than simultaneously
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atonality
[noun]
the quality that marks the absence of a key in a musical composition
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counterpoint
[noun]
a musical technique that consists of mixing two or more separate melodies into one harmony
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libretto
[noun]
the text of a musical play, an opera, or other extended vocal works
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rendition
[noun]
a particular way in which a musical piece or a dramatic role is represented or interpreted
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video jockey
[noun]
a person whose job is to introduce and play music videos on TV, at a party, etc.
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cadenza
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a solo section at the end of a musical piece for the performer to show their skill and creativity
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chaconne
[noun]
a musical composition in moderate triple time, popular in the baroque era
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ditty
[noun]
a short and simple song or poem
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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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repertoire
[noun]
a stock of plays, songs, dances, etc. that a company or a performer is prepared to perform
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treble
[noun]
the part in harmonic music or the voice with the highest pitch that belongs to a boy or female vocalist
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clef
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any of the signs written on the left-hand end of a staff indicating the pitch of the notes
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crossover
[noun]
the process of changing the style or form by a musician in order to appeal to a wider range of people
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lo-fi
[noun]
a raw, unpolished, and low-fidelity music production or recording style characterized by a DIY aesthetic and nostalgic or vintage vibes
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solfege
[noun]
a singing method that uses a system of vocal syllables to represent musical pitches in order to facilitate sight-singing and ear training
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riff
[noun]
a short, repeated musical pattern found in both jazz and popular music, serving as a prominent and recognizable element within a song or composition
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ensemble
[noun]
a collective of musicians performing together
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fanfare
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a short and lively ceremonial sounding of trumpets or other brass instruments, usually to announce something important
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metronome
[noun]
a device that helps musicians regulate their desired speed and rhythm
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spiccato
[noun]
a technique in music for string instruments where the bow bounces lightly off the strings, creating short, crisp notes
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orchestra pit
[noun]
the place in front of the stage, which is slightly lower, where an orchestra sits and performs for an opera, ballet, etc.
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fingering
[noun]
the act of positioning and using fingers on an instrument to play specific notes or chords
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outsider music
[noun]
unconventional, experimental, and non-mainstream music created by individuals who do not conform to established musical conventions or industry expectations
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euphony
[noun]
a harmonious combination of sounds that is pleasing to the ear
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virtuoso
[noun]
someone who is highly skilled at playing a musical instrument
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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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overture
[noun]
the introductory piece of an opera, ballet, oratorio or any lengthy musical performance
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reverberation
[noun]
the persistence of sound in an enclosed space after the original sound source has stopped
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coda
[noun]
the final passage of an extended musical composition
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