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NEW MUSICAL TERMS (heh-heh)

posted Mar 1, 2018, 1:57 PM by Kathy Scheel   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 1:57 PM ]
Some new musical terms to lighten your day:
  • ALLEREGRETTO:  When you're 16 measures into the piece and suddenly realize you set too fast a tempo.
  • ANGUS DEI:  To sing with a divinely beefy tone.
  • A PATELLA:  Accompanied by knee-slapping.
  • APOLOGGIATURA:  A composition that you regret playing.
  • APPROXIMATURA:  A series of notes not intended by the composer, yet sung with an "I meant to do that" attitude.
  • APPROXIMENTO:  A musical entrance that is somewhere in the vicinity of the correct pitch.
  • DILL PICCOLINI:  An exceedingly small wind instrument that plays only sour notes.
  • FERMANATRA:  A note held over and over and over and over and...
  • FIDDLER CRABS:  Grumpy baritones.
  • FLUTE FLIES:  Tiny insects that bother musicians on outdoor gigs.
  • FRUGALHORN:  A sensible and inexpensive bass instrument.
  • GAUL BLATTER:  A french horn player.
  • GREGORIAN CHAMP:  The title bestowed upon the monk who can hold a note the longest.
  • PLACEBO DOMINGO:  A faux tenor.
  • SPRITZICATO:  An indication in the music to produce a bright and bubbly sound.
  • TEMPO TANTUM:  What a chorus is having when it's not following the director.


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