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MUSI 1530 Lecture Notes - Falsetto, In C, Strophic Form

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Rebecca Jubis

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A Cappella – Vocal music without instrumental accompaniment. (p.203)
Concept Album – album in which songs pertain to a common theme or topic and are
organized in a methodical manner. (p. 222, 265)
Double-tracking – recording lines of music which are nearly identical over top of each
other. (p.228)
Reverb – electronic attempt at creating the “slapback” technique of Elvis Presley’s early
recordings. (p. 223)
Rock ‘n’ Roll – term found dating to the late 1920s race records; initially had sexual
connotations but came to refer to a type of music geared to a young, teenage market in
the 1950s. (p.1970
Scat – Improvised singing of vocables; “nonsense” syllables sung particularly in jazz. Eg
“Zoo bee doo bee doo” (p.204)
Strophic Ballad – a vocal piece that tells a narrative story through verses with a
recurring chorus. The melody for each verse remains the same while the lyrics change.
(p. 225)
Subdominant – the 4th note of a scale; ie) when C is the tonic (1st note of the scale), F is
the subdominant. (p. 206)
Tonic – the “home” (1st) note of a scale; defines the tonality or key of a piece.
Eg. In C major or minor, the note C is the tonic. (p. 206)
Cadence – A series of notes, chords, or rhythms that provide a sense of conclusion to a
phrase or section of music; This is often accomplished through historically standardized
harmonic progressions. Ie) Dominant chord (V) to Tonic chord (I) is the most frequently
used chord progression to end a piece and is called a perfect cadence. (p. 258)
Counterpoint – a style of musical texture in which musical lines are layer on top of each
other, and each line has a melodic (rather than simply harmonic) character (p. 264)
Falsetto – high pitched sound produced by adult male singers and less often, by women;
uses a light vocal production and thin timbre; this is the higher part of the sound found in
yodeling. (p.251)
Tremolo – rapid reiteration of a sound, like a quivering. When a guitarist repeatedly
strums one note on his instrument by alternating the pick up and down, this is technique
is called tremolo. (p. 252)