Glossary Of Musical Terminology

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There are 14 names in this directory beginning with the letter E.
Eighth
An interval of a distance of 8 notes.

Elegy
An instrumental lament with praise for the dead.

Encore
Additional song(s) played at the end of a recital responding to the audiences enthusiastic reaction to the performance, shown by continuous applause after the last song of a concert or performance.

Energico
A symbol in sheet music a direction to play energetically.

Enharmonic
Two notes that differ in name but refer to the same pitch. For example, C sharp and D flat.

Ensemble
The performance of either all instruments of an orchestra or voices in a chorus.

Enunciation
The act of pronouncing words clearly.

Epiglottis
The leaf-like cartilage that separates the functioning of your oesophagus (channel to stomach) from the functioning of your trachea (channel to the lungs).

Espressivo
A direction to play expressively.

Etude
A musical composition written solely to improve technique. Often performed for artistic interest.

Exercise
In singing, a device (a note or sequence of notes sung in a certain manner) used to condition and/or strengthen your vocal muscles to work with the proper airflow.

Exposition
The first section of a movement written in sonata form, introducing the melodies and themes.

Expressionism
Atonal and violent style used as a means of evoking heightened emotions and states of mind.

Expressivo
To play or sing expressively.