Glossary of musical terminology

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This is a list of musical terms that are likely to be encountered in printed scores, music reviews, and program notes. Most of the terms are Italian (see also Italian musical terms used in English), in accordance with the Italian origins of many European musical conventions. Sometimes, the special musical meanings of these phrases differ from the original or current Italian meanings. Most of the other terms are taken from French and German, indicated by "(Fr)" and "(Ger)", respectively. Others are from languages such as Portuguese, Latin, and Spanish.

Unless specified, the terms are Italian or English. The list can never be complete: some terms are common, and others are used only occasionally, and new ones are coined from time to time. Some composers prefer terms from their own language rather than the standard terms here.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Collins Music Encyclopedia, 1959.
  2. ^ About the word deest
  3. ^ Eric Blom. "Ravvivando", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed August 29 2013), grovemusic.com (subscription access).
  4. ^ musicdictionary; Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary; American Heritage Dictionary, 4th edition; Gardner Read, Music Notation, 2nd edition, p. 282.
  5. ^ Dolmetsch Online, "Tempo"; Oxford American Dictionary; Collins English Dictionary.
  6. ^ Carl Orff, Carmina Burana
  7. ^ Definition of Siciliano at Dictionary.com
  8. ^ Gossett, Philip, Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera Chicago: University of Chicago, 2006 ISBN 978-0-226-30482-3, p. 618
  9. ^ Scivales, Riccardo (2005). Jazz Piano: The Left Hand. Ekay Music, Inc. ISBN 1-929009-54-2. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "uptempo" at Oxford Dictionaries Online
  11. ^ Page's Dictionary of Music and Musicians

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