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Terzetto

Terzetto (Italian) A terzetto is generally a composition for three voices. Beyond one instance in Bach, and a few modern examples consisting of pieces not in sonata form, the tern has never been applied...

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Redoute

Redoute A redoute was a public assembly at which the guests appeared with or without masks at pleasure. The word is French and is explained by Voltaire and Littre as being derived from Italian...

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Litany Definition

Litany (Old English, Letanie; Latin, Lilaniae, Greek, a Supplication). A litany is a solemn form of prayer; sung, by solo voices and choir, alternately. The origin of the litany can be traced back to...

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History of the Harmonium

Harmonium – (French, also Orgue expressif). A well known popular keyed instrument, the tones of which are produced by thin tongues of brass or steel, set in periodic motion by pressure of air, and...

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Gimel

Gimel is from the Latin gemellus, ‘twin’. A gimel is a form of discant described by Gulielmus Monachus, a writer of the 15th century, as peculiar to the English. The gimel was sung by...

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Charles Reade

Charles Reade Charles Reade was an English dramatist and novelist. Charles Reade was born June 8, 1814 and died April 11, 1884. He is claimed to have owned the larges collection of old violins....

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Tessitura

Tessitura (Italian ) Tessitura literally means texture, from tesserae, to weave. A term, for which there is no direct equivalent in English, used by the Italians to indicate how the music of a pieces...

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Rebec

Rebec Italian Rebeca, Ribeba; Spanish Rabe, Rabel The French name (said to be of Arabic origin) of that primitive stringed instrument which was in use throughout western Europe in the Middle Ages, and was...

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Chromatic Scale

Chromatic Scale The word chromatic was derived from the Greek, the name of one of the ancient tetrachords, the notes of which were formerly supposed to be similar to the scale known as ‘chromatic’...

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Antiphon

Antiphon means to raise the voice in reply. It is a short piece of plain-song introduced before a psalm or canticle, to the tune of which it corresponds, while the words are selected so...