Italian Musical Terms and the Definitions in Their English Equivalents
cabaletta- this is a melody style which is of a simplistic style.
The character is an air with a rhonda like form.
Cachucha - A spanish dance in triple time. A bolera like style.
Cadence - A shake or a trill or a close in harmony.
Authentic or Perfect Cadence: This is a perfect or Complete V-1 Cadence.
The V being the dominant chord progressing to the tonic or the I.
Church or the Plagal Cadence - This is the IV - I Cadence used often with the Amen at the end of a hymn.
Deceptive Cadence - This is generally the V - VI Cadence.
Imperfect Cadence - The imperfect cadence progresses from the Tonic to the Dominant Chord, I - V.
cadenza - an ornamental passage near the end of a solo
calando - gradually decreasing the time and tone
calcando - hurrying the time
caloroso warmth, animation
camera - quite literally meaning chamber, a term which has compostions written especially for private presentations.
caminando - in a flowing quality, more at a gentle progression.
campana - bell.
campanella- a tiny or little bell.
canon - The Pachabel Canon is accepted as the most famous and best loved Canon of all.
The Canon follows a specific pattern, it adheres to the most strictest form of contrapuntal compostion.
This pattern is able to have variations within the patterns.
The above mentioned composition is an excellent source to understand the concept and hear the progressions and wonderful melody line.
cantabile - in a singing style
cantando - in a singing style
cantere - to sing or more at celebrate.
cantica - ( Canticle ) the ancient laudi or the sacred songs of the Roman Catholic Church.
canticle - As above - a most sacred hymn or compostion, a non-meterical hymn praising The God of the Bible, the Father, the Holy Spirit or Jesus Christ the Saviour.
cantilena - melody or air. This is the most principal part in all compositions which is the main melody line.
canto - song, melody
cantor - a singer or one who chants
Cantus Gregorian - Otherwise known as the Gregorian Chant. This a style of choral music. widely accepted to be Pope Gregory who introduced this style of music.
Gregorian Modes ; Gregorian Tones - The chants used in the Roman Catholic church, adapted from the ancient Greek Modes following the natural scale of C, although they have different progressive patterns.
capo - the beginning, the top
cappella - a church, a band Of musicians that play in a church
carezzando - in a tender manner
carita tenderness, feeling
celere quick, rapid
cembalo - a harpsichord
col - with the
colia voce - with the voice
coll'areo - with the bow
coloratura - ornamental passage in vocal music
come as, like
come prima - as before
comodo - quietly, easily
con - with (for various phrases beginning with con see other words)
concento - harmony of voices and instruments
con sordini - in strings, with mutes; in piano, with dampers, that is the damper pedal
is not to be used.