[78-L] Musical Dictionary

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Sun Mar 6 14:22:18 PST 2011

for the culture in all of us . . . 

Obligato - being forced to practice 

Metronome - short, city musician who can fit into a Honda Civic 

Lento - the days leading up to Easto 

Largo - beer brewed in Germany for the Florida Keys 

Piu Animato - clean out the cat's litter box 

Con Spirito - drunk again 

Colla Voce - this shirt is so tight I can't sing 

Improvisation - what you do when the music falls down 

Prelude - warm-up before the clever stuff 

Flats - English apartments 

Chords - things organists play with one finger 

Discords - thing that organists play with two fingers 

Suspended Chords - useful for lynching the vocalist 

Time Signatures - things for drummers to ignore 

Melody - an ancient, now almost extinct art in songwriting 

Klavierstuck - A term used by German furniture movers attempting to get a 

piano through a narrow doorway. 

Music Stand - An intricate device used to hold music. Comes in two sizes - too high 

or too low - always broken. 

Tonic - A medicinal drink consumed in great quantity before a performance, and in 

greater quantity afterwards. 

Dominant - What parents must be if they expect their children to practice. 

Concert Hall - A place where large audiences gather, for the sole purpose of 

removing paper wrappings from candy and gum. 

Sotto Voce - singing while drunk 

Agogic - playing high enough on an oboe to make the eyes bulge. 

Cadenza - slapping noise on office furniture 

Fandango - grabbing the pull chain on the ceiling fan 

Prima Volta - jump start with a battery 

Refrain - proper technique for playing bagpipes 

Smorzando - with melted chocolate and marshmallow 

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