Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

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Bagatelle
A short, lively piece of music, usually for piano.


Bagpipe
An instrument that makes sound by the player pushing air from a bag into pipes on the bag. The bag is held under the players arm, and is filled with air by blowing into a pipe. The air comes out of different pipes and the player can cover holes on the pipes to make different notes.


Ballad
A slow song that tells a story.


ballet
A theatrical performance that tells a story using music, costumes, sets, and dance.


Banjo
A string instrument that is like a guitar, but smaller and round. A banjo has five strings, and they make different notes when plucked.


Bar
A measure.


Barcarole
A boating song from Venice that sounds like the rhythm of rowing a boat.


Baritone
A deep male voice, lower than tenor and higher than bass.


Baroque
The period of music from around 1600 to 1750. Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were famous Baroque composers.

Collections of music from the Baroque period.


Bass
The lowest male voice. The word bass is also used to describe the lowest instruments.


Bass Clef
The bass clef is the bottom five lines in a piece of music, which make the lowest notes. The sign for the bass clef is a backward C followed by two dots.


Bass Drum
The largest drum. It stands upright and is hit on the side. It is used in both orchestras and marching bands.


Bassoon
A long, narrow woodwind instrument with a double reed. Blowing in it makes the reed move quickly and makes sound. The sound can be changed by opening and closing small holes on the sides.


Baton
A stick used by conductors to guide the musicians or singers.


Beat
The regular rhythmic pattern of music. Time is counted in music by using beats.


Binary Form
A piece of music in two different sections.


Bourrée
A quick French dance.


Bow
A stick with horsehair stretched along it, that is used to play instruments like the violin.


Brass
Family of wind instruments made of metal with a cup-shaped mouthpiece (the part you blow in). Examples of brass instruments are the trumpet, trombone and tuba.


Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Bagatelle
A short, lively piece of music, usually for piano.


Bagpipe
An instrument that makes sound by the player pushing air from a bag into pipes on the bag. The bag is held under the players arm, and is filled with air by blowing into a pipe. The air comes out of different pipes and the player can cover holes on the pipes to make different notes.


Ballad
A slow song that tells a story.


ballet
A theatrical performance that tells a story using music, costumes, sets, and dance.


Banjo
A string instrument that is like a guitar, but smaller and round. A banjo has five strings, and they make different notes when plucked.


Bar
A measure.


Barcarole
A boating song from Venice that sounds like the rhythm of rowing a boat.


Baritone
A deep male voice, lower than tenor and higher than bass.


Baroque
The period of music from around 1600 to 1750. Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were famous Baroque composers.

Collections of music from the Baroque period.


Bass
The lowest male voice. The word bass is also used to describe the lowest instruments.


Bass Clef
The bass clef is the bottom five lines in a piece of music, which make the lowest notes. The sign for the bass clef is a backward C followed by two dots.


Bass Drum
The largest drum. It stands upright and is hit on the side. It is used in both orchestras and marching bands.


Bassoon
A long, narrow woodwind instrument with a double reed. Blowing in it makes the reed move quickly and makes sound. The sound can be changed by opening and closing small holes on the sides.


Baton
A stick used by conductors to guide the musicians or singers.


Beat
The regular rhythmic pattern of music. Time is counted in music by using beats.


Binary Form
A piece of music in two different sections.


Bourrée
A quick French dance.


Bow
A stick with horsehair stretched along it, that is used to play instruments like the violin.


Brass
Family of wind instruments made of metal with a cup-shaped mouthpiece (the part you blow in). Examples of brass instruments are the trumpet, trombone and tuba.


 

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