musical passage

Definitions of musical passage
  1. noun
    a short section of a musical composition
    synonyms: passage
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    allegro
    a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner
    allegretto
    a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
    andante
    a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
    intro
    a brief introductory passage to a piece of popular music
    musical phrase, phrase
    a short musical passage
    cadence
    the close of a musical section
    cadenza
    a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
    largo
    (music) a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner
    adagio
    (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)
    recitative
    a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech
    modulation, transition
    a musical passage moving from one key to another
    impromptu
    a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation
    reprise
    a repetition of a short musical passage
    ligature
    (music) a group of notes connected by a slur
    ostinato
    a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
    amen cadence, plagal cadence
    a cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonic
    arioso
    (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
    type of:
    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
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