~highest in adult male voice ~the lowest in female
alto
highest singing voices
soprano
a note equivalent in time value to one half of a whole note
half note
in a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes
legato
the range of a male voice between tenor and bass
baritone
a group of singers who sing together
chorus
a gradual increase in volume
crescendo
a gradual decrease in volume
decrescendo
the range of a voice between counter tenor and baritone. The second lowest part in a four-part arrangement.
tenor
notes marked with a dot above or below mean to be sung quickly and lightly.
staccato
the lines and spaces upon which musical notes are written to show high or low pitches.
staff
a tone with either twice or half the frequency of another given tone, or eight "letter" tones span between such notes
octave
a voice, instrument, or sound of the lowest range,in particular.
bass
one or more vocalists performing without an accompaniment.
a cappella
the period of music history which dates from the mid 1700's to 1800's. the music was spare and emotionally reserved, especially when compared to Romantic and Boroque music.
classical
two or more voices or instruments playing the same note simultaneously.
unison
the intonation, pitch, and modulation of a composition expressing the meaning, feeling, or attitude of the music.
tone
a period in history dating from the 14th to 16th centuries. this period signified the rebirth of music, art, and literature.
Renaissance
the frequency of a note determining how high or low it sounds.
pitch
a symbol at the beginning of the staff defining the pitch of the notes found in that particular staff.
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