Music Dictionary

Musical Dictionary

Our Interactive Dictionary of Musical Terms.

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Variations
A piece of music that copies the theme played before it and changes it so that it has a different mood or sound.


Vibraphone
A percussion instrument that looks like a xylophone but has metal bars on top and motor-driven hollow bars hanging straight down from the top bars so that the sound will last longer and contain vibrato.


Vibrato
A change in the tone of a certain pitch so that it sounds warmer and fuller.


Viol
One of a family of string instruments developed during the Renaissance, and popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, but eventually replaced in popularity by the violin. Viols have a hollow wooden body with a flat back and sloping shoulders; and six strings streched along a finger board with frets. The viol is played with a bow.


Viola
The tenor instrument of the violin family. It has four strings.


Violin
A four-stringed instrument. Has a shallow body, and is played by holding it under the chin and moving a bow over the strings.


Virtuoso
A very good musician. For example, a virtuoso violin player.


Vivace
Italian for “full of life.” A lively tempoComposers often used the term to designate a mood rather than a tempo, such as a more vivacious approach to the performance.


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

Variations
A piece of music that copies the theme played before it and changes it so that it has a different mood or sound.


Vibraphone
A percussion instrument that looks like a xylophone but has metal bars on top and motor-driven hollow bars hanging straight down from the top bars so that the sound will last longer and contain vibrato.


Vibrato
A change in the tone of a certain pitch so that it sounds warmer and fuller.


Viol
One of a family of string instruments developed during the Renaissance, and popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, but eventually replaced in popularity by the violin. Viols have a hollow wooden body with a flat back and sloping shoulders; and six strings streched along a finger board with frets. The viol is played with a bow.


Viola
The tenor instrument of the violin family. It has four strings.


Violin
A four-stringed instrument. Has a shallow body, and is played by holding it under the chin and moving a bow over the strings.


Virtuoso
A very good musician. For example, a virtuoso violin player.


Vivace
Italian for “full of life.” A lively tempoComposers often used the term to designate a mood rather than a tempo, such as a more vivacious approach to the performance.


 

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