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music cataloging at yale


Music cataloging resources
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air/ayre


(1) an English song or melody from the 16th to the 19th century; (2) a 16th-century solo song with lute accompanied. aleatory music:
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anthem


a choral setting (often with solo voice parts and organ accompaniment) of an English language religious or moral text, usually for performance during Protestant services. antiphon:
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arabesque


a short piece of music featuring various melodic, contrapuntal, or harmonic decorations. bagatelle:
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ballade


(1) a 14th-15th-century French song form which set poetry to music; (2) an instrumental (usually piano) piece with dramatic narrative qualities. barcarolle:
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berceuse


a soft instrumental piece or lullaby, usually in a moderate 6/8 tempo; a lullaby. canon:
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cantata


term applied to a 17th-18th- century multi-movement non-theatrical and non-liturgical vocal genre; subsequently used to describe large-scale vocal works in the same spirit, generally for soloists, chorus and orchestra; may also be for solo voice and accompaniment. canzona:
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caprice/capriccio


term describing a variety of short composition types characterized by lightness, fancy, or improvisational manner. carol:
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chaconne


a slow, stately instrumental work in duple meter employing variations. chanson:
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chant/plainchant


monophonic music used in Christian liturgical services sung in unison and in a free rhythm. concertante:
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