Arts, Grades 9-12 – 31 Words

accelerando

with increasing speed

alignment

the spatial property possessed by things in a straight line

alla breve

a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure

allegro

in a quick and lively tempo

andante

at a moderately slow tempo

art object

a work of art of some artistic value

choreographic

of or concerned with choreography

consonance

the property of sounding harmonious

contour

a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

craftsmanship

skill in an occupation or trade

decrescendo

(music) a gradual decrease in loudness

dissonance

disagreeable sounds

halftone

an engraving used to reproduce an illustration

heritage

that which is inherited

highlight

an area of lightness in a picture

instrumentation

the act of providing or using the instruments needed for some implementation

inversion

the act of turning inside out

modern dance

a style of theatrical dancing that is not as restricted as classical ballet; movements are expressive of feelings

musical theater

a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing

musicality

the property of sounding like music

oratorio

a musical composition for voices and orchestra

ostinato

a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition

palindrome

a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward

percussive

involving percussion or featuring percussive instruments

projection

the act of expelling or ejecting

register

an official written record of names or events

retrograde

moving or directed or tending in a backward direction

rondo

a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata

rubato

a flexible tempo; not strictly on the beat

swing

change direction with a swinging motion; turn

technique

a practical method or art applied to some particular task
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