A Dictionary of Musical Terms: Containing Upwards of 9,000 English, French, German, Italian, Latin and Greek Words and Phrases Used in the Art and Science of Music, Carefully Defined, and with the Accent of the Foreign Words Marked, Preceded by Rules for the Pronunciation of Italian, German and French, with a Supplement Containing an English-Italian Vocabulary for Composers

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Classic Textbooks, 1923 - Music - 257 pages

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Page 99 - A passage in which the rhythm of the different parts is sharply contrasted and perplexing in effect. Imitan'do (It.) Imitating. Imitation. (Lat. imita'tio; Fr. imitation; It. imitazio'ne; Ger.
Page 152 - It. can'na d'or'gano.) (a) FLUE-PIPES are those in which the tone is produced by the vibration of a column of air within a tube or " body ", the vibration being set up by an air-current forced through a narrow aperture and impinging on a sharp edge. A flue-pipe may be of metal or wood ; the part resting on the pipe-rack is...
Page 143 - Paralleftonart (Ger.), a relative (major or minor) key. Paraphrase. A transcription or rearrangement, of a vocal or instrumental composition, for some other instr. or instr.s, with more or less extended and brilliant variations. Parfait (Fr.) Perfect (of intervals) ; complete (of cadences); true, pure (of intonation) ; strong, accented (of beats). Parhyp'ate. See Lyre i. Par'te (It.) I. Part. . .Colla parte, a direction to accompanists to follow yieldingly and discreetly the solo part or voice.
Page 199 - T. couUe (slurred third), a grace writt montant), ot^.,(en descendant); see Slide. Tige (Fr.) Stick (of bow); also baguette. Timbalarion (Fr.) A set of 8 drums of different sizes, each furnished with a pedal, on which diatonic and chromatic scales, and some chords, can be played. Also Tambour chromatique. Timbale (Fr.), Timbal'lo (It.) Kettledrum. Timbre (Fr.; It. tim'bro.) I. Quality of tone. — 2. A fixed bell without a clapper, struck from outside by a hammer. . .Jeux de timbres. Glockenspiel...
Page 119 - Melotrope, a mechanical attachment to a pfte. by means of which the digitals are depressed as if by the player's fingers. Mel'ophone. A variety of Concertina. Melopian'o. A pfte. inv. by Caldera of Turin, in 1870, in which the tone is sustained by rapidly repeated blows of small hammers attached to a bar passing over and at right angles to the strings, the bar being kept in vibration by means of a treadle worked by the player. Crescendo and decrescendo effects are producible at will, and the tone...
Page 65 - Elevation. shading ; timbre like that of the stringorchestra ; the ordinary hammer-action may be employed alone, or in combination with the above. A peculiar (sustaining) pedal-mechanism permits a given tone, a full chord, or any harmony, to sound on as long as desired, even after lifting the fingers.
Page 88 - ... separation), each of its 2 attendMajor Mode. ant modes is composed of 2 similar conjoined tetrachords, united by one common tone, and preceded or followed by the diazeuxis. The character of the tetrachord depends on the position of the semitone ; eg in the Dorian tetrachord, found in the Dorian and attendant modes, the semitone occurs between the third and fourth tones.
Page 130 - N. seiisi'bile, the leading-note. Notation. Musical notation is the art of representing musical tones by means of written characters. Letters, numerals, and signs of different kinds, have been used. The signs now almost universally employed are called notes, and are written on a staff of 5 lines ; hence, this system of writing music is termed Staffnotation (Сотр.
Page 218 - a four-way stop-cock turning in a cylindrical case in the plane of the instrument, 2 of its 4 ways forming part of the main channel, the other 2, on its rotating through a quadrant of the circle, admitting the air to the aide-tube ". Its manipulation is lighter than that of the piston, but it is more liable to derangement. — 2. In the organ, the principal valves are the suction-valves or...
Page 138 - ... cymbals, triangle, bells, gong, and likewise the harp and pfte., though the latter is not generally reckoned as an orchestral instr.) — The full orchestra, in which all the above groups are represented, may be either a grand orchestra (symphonyorchestra) or small orchestra; the former should contain 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons...

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