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Pieces of music

adagio

noun

a piece of music that should be played or sung slowly

air

noun

a piece of music that has a simple tune

allegro

noun

a piece of music that should be played or sung quickly

andante

noun

a piece of music that should be played or sung at a fairly slow speed

arrangement

noun

a piece of music that has been changed for a particular type of voice or instrument

bass

noun

the musical part for a bass voice or for an instrument that plays very low notes

cantata

noun

a piece of religious music performed by singers and an orchestra

chant

noun

a piece of religious music sung using a very limited range of notes, or music of this type

chorus

noun

a piece of music that is sung by a large group of people

concerto

noun

a piece of music for a musical instrument and an orchestra

cut

noun

a piece of music that has been recorded

dance

noun

a piece of music written or played for people to dance to

demo

noun

a piece of recorded music that a new singer or group sends to a recording company

duet

noun

a piece of music sung or played by two people

duo

noun

a duet for two instruments

fanfare

noun

a short loud piece of music played on a musical instrument such as a trumpet to announce a special person or event

fantasia

noun

a piece of classical music that does not have a fixed form

fantasia

noun

a piece of classical music based on other well-known tunes

forte

noun

a musical note or piece of music that should be played or sung loudly

fugue

noun

a piece of classical music that repeats a simple tune and develops it into a complicated pattern using different instruments or voices

groove

noun

a piece of popular music with a good beat

instrumental

noun

a piece of instrumental music

interlude

noun

a short piece of music played between the separate parts of a play

intermezzo

noun

a short piece of music played between the main parts of an opera or a longer piece of music

largo

noun

a piece of music that should be played or sung slowly and in a serious way

march

noun

a piece of music with a strong beat that matches the steps taken by marching soldiers

mashup

noun

a piece of recorded music created by combining two or more pieces of recorded music, usually by adding the voice from one recording to the music of another

mass

noun

a piece of music written for some of the prayers in the mass

medley

noun

a piece of music consisting of a collection of tunes or songs that someone plays or sings one after another

melody

noun

a tune or song, especially a simple one

melody

noun

the main tune in a piece of music with several parts that are sung or played together

mix

noun

a remix

nocturne

noun

a short piece of music written in a slow or sad style, especially for the piano

number

noun

a song or piece of music, especially one that is part of a longer performance

octet

noun

a piece of music written for a group of eight musicians or singers

op.

abbreviation

opus

opus

noun

a piece of music, or a collection of pieces of music, written by a particular composer

oratorio

noun

a long piece of classical music for singers and an orchestra, usually based on a religious story

peal

noun

a tune played on a set of bells in bell-ringing

prelude

noun

a short piece of music, often one that is played on the piano

prelude

noun

a piece of music played before a ceremony in a church

quartet

noun

a piece of music for a quartet to perform

quintet

noun

a piece of music for five musicians or singers to perform

rag

noun

a piece of ragtime music

raga

noun

a piece of Indian music based on a traditional pattern of notes

record

noun

a piece of recorded music that you can buy

recording

noun

a piece of music or speech that has been recorded

remix

noun

a piece of music that is produced by combining parts of an existing piece of music with new sounds

request

noun

a piece of music that you ask a musician or a DJ to play

requiem

noun

a piece of music that can be performed as part of this ceremony

reveille

noun

a piece of music traditionally played on the bugle in the morning to wake up soldiers, or the time when it is played

reworking

noun

a piece of music or writing that is different from its original form

rhapsody

noun

a piece of classical music that is not regular in form and expresses strong emotion

scherzo

noun

a piece of music that is quick and lively

septet

noun

a piece of music written for a septet to perform

serenade

noun

a song or a piece of music that is traditionally performed by a man outside the house of the woman who he loves

setting

noun

a piece of music added to words, especially to the words of a poem

sextet

noun

a piece of music written for a sextet to perform

signature tune

noun

a piece of music that is always played at the beginning and end of a particular television or radio programme

solo

noun

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

sonata

noun

a piece of classical music for one instrument, usually the piano, or for one instrument and a piano

song

noun

a piece of music with words that you sing

string quartet

noun

a piece of music written for a string quartet

study

noun

a piece of music that is written to help people to practise a musical instrument

symphony

noun

a long piece of classical music played by a symphony orchestra

theme

noun

a short piece of music that is played at the beginning and end of a radio or television programme or a film

tone poem

noun

a piece of classical music for an orchestra that tells a story or describes a place

track

noun

a song or piece of music that is recorded on a CD, tape, or record

trio

noun

a piece of music for three musicians to play

tune

noun

a song or piece of music

unison

noun

a section of music where the singers or players all perform the same note or notes that are an octave apart

variation

noun

a piece of music that is based on or is similar to another piece

voluntary

noun

a short piece of organ music played at church

wedding march

noun

a piece of music traditionally played when a woman arrives at her wedding or when she and her husband leave after it

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