Español    Translation Town >> Translation Tools >> Glossaries >> Music
Affiliate    Link to us    Terms of use    About us     Contact us
    Send to a friend     Make us your homepage    Add to favourites

  Forgot your password?
Translation Buyer
  Translator search
  Get free quotations
  Free registration
  Our services
  Free registration
Free Translation
  Online Translator
  Dictionary Online
Translator Tools
  Free software
  Computer tools
  Language Schools
  Translation Schools
  Translation Jobs
             MUSIC GLOSSARY

Overture:  The introductory music for an opera, oratorio or ballet. A concert overture is an independent work.

Passing tones:  Unaccented notes which move conjunctly between two chords to which they do not belong harmonically.

Pausa:  A rest.

Pensieroso:  Contemplative, thoughtful.

Perfect:  A term used to label fourth, fifth, and octave intervals. It corresponds to the major, as given to seconds, thirds, sixths, and sevenths.

Perfect cadence:  The chordal progression of dominant to tonic, in a major key V-I, in minor V-i.

Perfect interval:  Interval of an octave, fifth, or fourth without alteration.

Perfect pitch:  The ability to hear and identify a note without any other musical support.

Pesante:  Heavy.

Petite:  Little.

Peu a peu:  Little by little.

Phrase:  A relatively short portion of a melodic line which expresses a musical idea, comparable to a line or sentence in poetry.

Pianissimo:  Very soft.

Pianississimo:  Very, very soft; the softest common dynamic marking.

Piano:  p, Soft

Pianoforte:  "Soft-loud." A keyboard instrument, the full name for the piano, on which sound is produced by hammers striking strings when keys are pressed. It has 88 keys.

Picardy third:  The term for the raising of the third, making a major triad, in the final chord of a composition which is in a minor key. The practice originated in c. 1500 and extended through the Baroque period.

Piu:  More. Used with other terms, e.g. piu mosso, more motion.

Pizzicato:  "Pinched." On string instruments, plucking the string.

Plagal cadence:  Sometimes called the "amen" cadence. The chordal progression of subdominant to tonic, in a major key IV-I, in minor iv-i.

Poco:  Little. Used with other terms, e.g. poco accel., also, poco a poco, little by little.

Poco ced., Cedere:  A little slower.


BACK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 NEXT
Post it on TT
(Open project)
Start getting