New Revised GRE Vocabulary - Words Related to Music

  • Accompaniment - A musical part that supports or partners a solo instrument, voice, or group.
  • Adagio - In slow tempo
  • Allegro - At a brisk tempo
  • Alto - A voice, instrument, or part below the highest range and above tenor, in particular.
  • Andante - In a moderately slow tempo
  • Bar - In musical notation, a bar (or measure) is a segment of time defined by a given number of beats of a given duration.
  • Baritone - An adult male singing voice between tenor and bass.
  • Bass - A voice, instrument, or sound of the lowest range, in particular.
  • Canon - A composition that employs a melody with one or more imitations of the melody played after a given duration
  • Choral - Composed for or sung by a choir or chorus.
  • Dynamics - refers to the volume of a sound or note, but can also refer to every aspect of the execution of a given piece, either stylistic (staccato, legato etc.) or functional (velocity).
  • Ensemble - A group of musicians, actors, or dancers who perform together.
  • Melismatic - It is the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession. Music sung in this style is referred to as melismatic, as opposed to syllabic, where each syllable of text is matched to a single note..
  • Presto - In a quick tempo.
  • Score - a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages
  • Soprano - The highest of the four standard singing voices.
  • Staff / Staves - A set of horizontal lines and intermediate spaces used in notation to represent a sequence of pitches, in modern notation normally consisting of five lines and four spaces. Also called stave.
  • Symphony - An orchestral concert.
  • Tenor - The highest natural adult male voice.
  • Timbre - The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.
  • Triad - A chord of three tones, especially one built on a given root tone plus a major or minor third and a perfect fifth.


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