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#224676 - 01/18/08 09:09 AM musical terms
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More dubious musical terms

Here are some new terms that you might recall

In order to keep you abreast of the ever-developing
world of musical terminology, we provide herewith the
latest additions to the esteemed Harvard Dictionary of
Music :

ALLREGRETTO When you're 16 measures into the piece and
realize you took too fast a tempo

ANGUS DEI To play with a divinely beefy tone

A PATELLA Accompanied by knee-slapping

APPOLOGGIATURA A composition that you regret playing

APPROXIMATURA A series of notes not intended by the
composer, yet played with an "I meant to do that"

APPROXIMENTO A musical entrance that is somewhere in
the vicinity of the correct pitch

CACOPHANY [aka CACOUGHONY] A composition incorporating
many people with chest colds

CORAL SYMPHONY A large, multi-movement work from
Beethoven's Caribbean Period

DILL PICCOLINI An exceedingly small wind instrument
that plays only sour notes

FERMANTRA A note held over and over and over and over
and .

FERMOOTA A note of dubious value held for indefinite

FIDDLER CRABS Grumpy string players

FLUTE FLIES Those tiny mosquitoes that bother
musicians on outdoor gigs

FRUGALHORN A sensible and inexpensive brass instrument

GAUL BLATTER A French horn player

GREGORIAN CHAMP The title bestowed upon the monk who
can hold a note the longest

GROUND HOG Someone who takes control of the repeated
bass line and won't let anyone else play it


SCHMALZANDO A sudden burst of music from the Guy
Lombardo band

THE RIGHT OF STRINGS Manifesto of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Violists

SPRITZICATO An indication to string instruments to
produce a bright and bubbly sound

TEMPO TANTRUM What an elementary school orchestra is
having when it's not following the conductor

TROUBLE CLEF Any clef one can't read: e.g., alto clef
for pianists

VESUVIOSO An indication to build up to a fiery

VIBRATTO Child prodigy son of the concertmaster

#224677 - 01/18/08 11:27 AM Re: musical terms
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Good STuff for sure


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