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IB Music Key Terms

IB Music Theory Key Terms

  • Melody/Melodic Line succession of single tones or pitches perceived by the mind as a unity.
  • Duple Meter a rhythmic pattern having two or four beats to a measure. examples are 2/2, 4/4, 2/4, and 6/8
  • Triple Meter a rhythmic 3-beat pattern in which an accented beat is followed by 2 unaccented beats
  • Quadruple Meter basic metrical pattern of four beats to a measure. also common time.
  • Compound Meters meter is which each beat is subdivided into 3 rather than 2
  • Syncopation deliberate upsetting of the meter or pulse of a temporary shifting of the accent to a weak beat or an off-beat.
  • Tonality in Music 1. Scale Basis (modal, major, minor, polytinal, atonal, whole-tone, twelve-tone)

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  1. Key Scheme
  • Diatonic melody or harmony built from the 7 tones of a major or minor scale. a diatonic scale encompasses patterns of 7 whole tone and semi-tones.
  • Chromatic melody or harmony built from many if not all 12 semi-tones of the octave. a chromatic scale consists of a ascending or decending sequence of semi-tones.
  • Consonance concordant or harmonious combination of tones that provieds a sense of relaxation and stability in music.
  • Dissonance combination of tones that sounds discordant and unstable, in need or resolution.
  • Musical Texture the interweaving of melodic and harmonic elements in the musical “fabric”
  • Monophonic Texture Single melodic line without accompaniment
  • Polyphonic Texture two or more simultaneously and equally important melodic lines
  • Homophonic Texture one main melody accompanied by voices or instruments
  • Counterpoint a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies
  • Canon type of polyphonic compostition in which one musical line strictly imitates another at a fixed distance throughout.
  • Inversion (counterpoint) a variation of a melody or part in which ll ascending intervals are replaced by descending intervals and vice versa
  • Retrograde going backward; becoming worse
  • Retrograde Inversion the application of both retrograde and melodic inversion to a motive
  • Augmentation the statement of a theme in notes of greater duration (usually twice the length of the original)
  • Diminution the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
  • Binary From Two part (AB) form. Statement (A), counterstatement (B).
  • Ternary Form Three-part (A-B-A) form based on a statement (A), contrast or departure (B), and repetition (A). Also three-part form.
  • Sonata Allegro Form The form most often used for the 1st mvt of large works like symphonies and concertos. It is a large 3-part form, usually with an introduction, exposition (A), development (B), and recapitulation (A), with a coda.
  • Motive a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
  • Timbre The quality of a tone, as distinguished from intensity and pitch.
  • String instruments paino, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, (plucked strings – lute)
  • Brass instruments trumpet, french horn,trombone, tuba,cornet,baritone horn, euphonium
  • Woodwind instruments There are two main types of wind instruments. This type of wind instrument uses vibrations of a reed to produce sound. Some common woodwind instruments are the oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, piccolo, flute, eniglish horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, recorder, reed, single-reedsaxophne,double reed winds
  • Double Reed oboe, english horn, bassoon
  • Theme Variations different kinds/types of themes
  • Inversion mirror or upside-down image of a melody or pattern, found in fugues and twelve-tone compositions
  • Imitation melodic idea presented in one voice and then restated in another, each part continuing as others enter
  • Intervals of Major Scale whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half


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