AS Music Glossary Key Terms

August 04, 2015

A glossary of key terms for AS and A-level Music students. This glossary can be used when discussing music pieces, their differences or similarities between finding the harmonic, structural, melodic, etc. devices.

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Accented passing note

Acciaccatura

Alberti Bass

Anacrusis

Anticipation

Antiphony

Appoggiatura

Arco

Articulation

Atonal

Augmentation

Augmented 6th chord

Auxiliary note

Avant-garde

Backbeat

Balanced phrasing

Baroque

Binary form

Bitonality

Blue note

Cadence

Cadential 6/4

Canon

Chamber music

Chromatic

Circle of 5ths

Classical

Codetta

Conjunct

Consonance

Continuo

Contrapuntal

Countermelody

Counterpoint

Cross-rhythm

Development

Dialogue

Diatonic

Diminished 7th chord

Diminution

Discord

Dominant preparation

Double-stopping

Enharmonic

False relation

Figured bass

Fill

Fugue

Functional harmony

Genre

Ground bass

Harmonic

Hemiola

Heterophony

Hexatonic

Homophonic

Homorhythmic

Hook

Imitation

Imperfect cadence

Impressionism

Interrupted cadence

Inversion

Lick

Lied

Melisma

Metre

Minimalism

Modes

Modulation

Monophonic

Monothematic

Monotone

Mordent

Motif

Neapolitan 6th

Neoclassical

Ostinato

Outro

Parallel motion

Passing note

Pedal

Pentatonic

Perfect cadence

Phrygian cadence

Pizzicato

Plagal cadence

Polarised texture

Polyphony

Recapitulation

Renaissance

Rhythm and blues

Riff

Ritornello form

Romantic

Rondo form

Rubato

Sequence

Similar motion

Slide

Sonata form

Sprechgesang

Stop time

Straight quavers

Stretto

Strophic

Subject

Substitution chord

Suspension

Swing quavers

Syllabic

Syncopation

Ternary form

Tessitura

Texture

Through-composed

Tierce de Picardie

Timbre

Tonality

Triad

Trill

Turn

Tutti

Unison

Virtuoso

Vocalising

Walking bass

Whole-tone scale

Word-painting

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