Fun with Words

Some words related to music that might interest you


The particular instruments used in a piece of music. Eg: Telemann's specified instrumentation of flute, violin, and continuo.


Music discordant music sounds strange because it contains discords. Eg: The singers continued their discordant chanting.


A sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying; a tune. Eg: He picked out an intricate melody on his guitar.


The combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce a pleasing effect. Eg: The piece owes its air of tranquillity largely to the harmony.


A strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound. Eg: Ruth listened to the rhythm of his breathing


If you play a violin or other stringed instrument pizzicato, you play it by pulling the strings with your fingers instead of using the bow. Eg: "It is a pizzicato for one instrument," replied the operator.


Music staccato notes are played or sung so that each note is clearly separate. Eg: The staccato sound of my neighbor's car horn woke me from my slumber.

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