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A style of writing that establishes a central note (the tonic) as a harmonic and melodic center of gravity, which in turn creates the potential for a strong sense of resolution and closure
A system of organizing pitches (both melodies and harmonies) around a central note, as opposed to atonality, a system with no tonal center. See also "tonal" and "atonal"
The note that establishes a key, based on its distinctive relationship with a particular set of harmonies or other notes in the underlying scale. Also, the chord based on the first scale degree
A work for two high-ranged instruments (such as two violins, or two oboes, or two flutes) and basso continuo
An underlying pattern of rhythm in which each unit (measure) consists of one accented (strong) beat followed by two unaccented (weak) beats (1-2-3 , 1-2-3, 1-2-3, etc.)
Italian for "all": the full ensemble (as opposed to a soloist)
More than one performer playing or singing the same pitch or pitches at the same time
Two half steps. On the piano, a whole step skips exactly one key, white or black
An instrument that produces sound when air passes through it
Music that imitates, describes, or conjures images of the text being sung
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