Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

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Fanfare
A flourish of trumpets, or other instruments imitating a group of trumpets making an announcement.


Fantasia
An instrumental composition whose form and invention spring ‘solely from the fantasy and skill of the author who created it’ (Luis de Milán, 1535–6).


Fiddle
Another word for violin.


Finale
Italian for "end." The final part of a piece of music.


Flat
A symbol put in front of a written note in a piece of music to lower it by one half step.


Flute
A thin woodwind instrument held sideways to the mouth. It is played by blowing across the mouthpiece. The notes are played by pressing small keys.


Flutist
A person who plays the flute.


Form
The pattern of a piece of music.


Forte
Italian for "loud."


Fortepiano
The ancestor of today's piano. The name comes from the fact that a player could play both loud (forte) and soft (piano).


Fortissimo
Italian for "very loud."


French Horn
A brass wind instrument with a conical bore (tube) that's bent into a circle, a funnel-shaped mouthpiece, and a wide bell. The modern French horn has valves that allow it to play a complete chromatic scale.


Fugue
A composition with two or more voices or parts, in which the melody (called the subject), is played by one voice/part and then replayed and modified by the other voices/parts. There are usually from two to five voices or parts.


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

Fanfare
A flourish of trumpets, or other instruments imitating a group of trumpets making an announcement.


Fantasia
An instrumental composition whose form and invention spring ‘solely from the fantasy and skill of the author who created it’ (Luis de Milán, 1535–6).


Fiddle
Another word for violin.


Finale
Italian for "end." The final part of a piece of music.


Flat
A symbol put in front of a written note in a piece of music to lower it by one half step.


Flute
A thin woodwind instrument held sideways to the mouth. It is played by blowing across the mouthpiece. The notes are played by pressing small keys.


Flutist
A person who plays the flute.


Form
The pattern of a piece of music.


Forte
Italian for "loud."


Fortepiano
The ancestor of today's piano. The name comes from the fact that a player could play both loud (forte) and soft (piano).


Fortissimo
Italian for "very loud."


French Horn
A brass wind instrument with a conical bore (tube) that's bent into a circle, a funnel-shaped mouthpiece, and a wide bell. The modern French horn has valves that allow it to play a complete chromatic scale.


Fugue
A composition with two or more voices or parts, in which the melody (called the subject), is played by one voice/part and then replayed and modified by the other voices/parts. There are usually from two to five voices or parts.


 

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