Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

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Da capo
When you see a da capo mark in a piece of music, it means that you have to go back to the beginning and play from there again.


Decrescendo
Italian for "growing softer."


Diatonic
A kind of music scale made of five whole steps and two half steps (steps are the spaces between notes).


Diminuendo
Play softer.


Dissonance
A harsh or disagreeable combination of sounds, or a combination of sounds that creates a feeling of tension needing to be resolved.


Divertimento
A piece for instruments with several movements, much like a suite. This term was used in the second half of the 18th century.


Divertissement
A song made up of pieces and arrangements of other well-known songs.


Dolce
Italian for "sweet."


Double Bass
The biggest instrument with strings. It plays very low notes and a person pulls a bow across its strings to make sound.


Downbeat
When the conductor moves his baton down to show which notes to accent.


Drum
Percussion instrument on which sound is made by hitting a skin pulled across a hollow space on a round frame with a stick (called a drumstick). There are lots of kinds of drums, and they all sound different depending on their size and shape.


Duet
A composition for two performers.


Dulcimer
An instrument with strings pulled tight over a hollow piece of wood. The strings are hit with a hammer to make sound.


Duo
Two singers or musicians.


Duple
Music that is felt in groups of two beats.


Dynamics
How loudly or softly to play a piece of music.


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

Da capo
When you see a da capo mark in a piece of music, it means that you have to go back to the beginning and play from there again.


Decrescendo
Italian for "growing softer."


Diatonic
A kind of music scale made of five whole steps and two half steps (steps are the spaces between notes).


Diminuendo
Play softer.


Dissonance
A harsh or disagreeable combination of sounds, or a combination of sounds that creates a feeling of tension needing to be resolved.


Divertimento
A piece for instruments with several movements, much like a suite. This term was used in the second half of the 18th century.


Divertissement
A song made up of pieces and arrangements of other well-known songs.


Dolce
Italian for "sweet."


Double Bass
The biggest instrument with strings. It plays very low notes and a person pulls a bow across its strings to make sound.


Downbeat
When the conductor moves his baton down to show which notes to accent.


Drum
Percussion instrument on which sound is made by hitting a skin pulled across a hollow space on a round frame with a stick (called a drumstick). There are lots of kinds of drums, and they all sound different depending on their size and shape.


Duet
A composition for two performers.


Dulcimer
An instrument with strings pulled tight over a hollow piece of wood. The strings are hit with a hammer to make sound.


Duo
Two singers or musicians.


Duple
Music that is felt in groups of two beats.


Dynamics
How loudly or softly to play a piece of music.


 

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