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If You Get 15/20 On This Quiz, You Were Probably A Music Major

We can't help you with your jury, but we can certainly help you spell for your theory exam.

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    It's diminuendo!

    This means you gradually decrease your dynamic.

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    It's Dvorak!

    He was a 19th-century Czech composer known for, among many other things, creating Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New World."

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    It's fugue!

    In simple terms, fugues are short compositions that begin with themes that are then imitated throughout the rest of the piece.

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    It's hemiola!

    A heimola is a rhythm pattern denoting three beats in the space of time occupied by two beats.

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    It's a poco a poco

    This means little by little, and is often used with other music directions. For example, "accelerando a poco a poco" would mean to gradually speed up.

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    It's intermezzo!

    An intermezzo is a short musical movement that appears between others.

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    It's larghetto

    Larghetto means to play slowly. It's also the name of a slower movement.

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    It's minuet!

    A minuet is a slow dance in 3/4 time.

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    It's ostinato!

    An ostinato is a repeated rhythm or phrase.

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    It's rallentando!

    In music, rallentando means to gradually slow down.

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    It's tarantella!

    A tarantella is a quick, lively folk dance. It's usually in 6/8 time.

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    It's tutti!

    Tutti means all together. It's usually after a solo section to direct the rest of the musicians to come back in.

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    It's vivace!

    Vivace means to play at a brisk tempo.

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    It's sforzando

    Sforzando means to put a strong emphasis on a note.

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    It's staccato!

    Staccato is a form of articulation that means to play the notes separated.

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    It's appoggiatura!

    An appoggiatura is a nonharmonic tone that is resolved.

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    It's aeolian!

    Aeolian is a musical mode. In modern music, it's the same as the natural minor scale.

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    It's diatonic!

    If something is diatonic, it uses notes from a standard seven-note scale without modifications.

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    It's pizzicato!

    Pizzicato is a technique that involves plucking strings. Sometimes this direction is used in music for non-string instruments to encourage musicians to the imitate the effect.

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    It's sempre!

    Sempre means to play in the same style throughout.

 
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