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Parts of pieces of music

accompaniment

noun

the part of a piece of music that supports the tune or someone singing

arpeggio

noun

a set of musical notes produced by playing each note in a chord separately instead of together

breakbeat

noun

a short section of drum beat that is sampled (=recorded from an existing piece of music), looped (=repeated without a break) and then used in a new piece of music

cadence

noun

a short section of music that ends a longer section

coda

noun

the final section of a long piece of music

counterpoint

noun

two or more tunes that are played together to sound like one tune

crescendo

noun

a gradual increase in sound in a piece of music

descant

noun

a second tune that is higher than the main tune in a piece of music

excerpt

noun

a short piece of writing or music that is taken from a longer piece

flourish

noun

a short part of a speech, piece of music, game etc that is impressive and skilful

harmony

noun

the set of notes that is sung or played with the tune

leitmotif

noun

a tune that is repeated several times in a piece of music and represents a particular character or situation

lick

noun

a particular set of notes from a piece of popular music

line

noun

a series of connected musical notes that form a tune

loop

noun

a sample (=short piece of recorded music or sound) that is repeated electronically without a break

middle eight

noun

a section in the middle of a piece of popular music that is slightly different from the rest of the song

motif

noun

an arrangement of notes that is repeated regularly in a piece of music

movement

noun

one of the main parts of a long piece of classical music, especially a symphony

overture

noun

the first part of a long piece of classical music such as an opera or a symphony

part

noun

the music that is written for a particular type of instrument or voice in a group of different types of instruments or voices

phrase

noun

a series of musical notes that are part of a piece of music

prelude

noun

a short piece of music that introduces a longer piece of music

repeat

noun

a particular passage of music played again, or the symbol that tells a musician to do this

reprise

noun

a part of a song or other piece of music that is repeated

rest

noun

a pause of a particular length in a piece of music. For example a breve rest is the length of a breve.

riff

noun

a short series of notes in jazz or popular music that is repeated often throughout a piece

sample

noun

a short piece of music that is copied from a record, and then used again as part of a new piece of music

signature

noun

a time signature in music

solo

noun

a piece of music or a part of a piece of music that is performed by one person

suite

noun

a series of pieces of music

theme

noun

a short tune that is repeated in a longer piece of music

vocal

noun

the part of a piece of popular music that is sung

voluntary

noun

a short piece of music that is usually played before a longer piece

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