WORDSCAPE-70 (Musical Terms)
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WORDSCAPE-70 (Musical Terms)

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  1. Oratorio: A large scale narrative musical work for orchestra and voices, typically on a sacred theme and performed without costume, scenery or action. Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio are examples.

Eg. Handel excelled in composing Oratorios for which he is acclaimed today.

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2. Accelerando: With increasing speed

Eg. Listening to the accelerando in the romantic symphony one’s pulse is set quickening.

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3. Adagio [Italian]: Slow tempo or slow speed

Eg. Ice skaters perform lifts that belong to the adagio art.

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4. Chord: When two or more notes or pitches are produced simultaneously a chord is created

Eg. Many people think that major chords sound happy and minor chords sound sad.

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5. Downbeat: The first beat in a measure as conducted by the leader in an ensemble[a group of musicians playing together]

Eg. At seven o’clock sharp the conductor will give the downbeat for the brass band to begin.

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