Music glossary - Letter D
PLEASE CHOOSE A LETTER:
Deceptive cadence: A chord progression that seems to lead to resolving itself on the final chord; but does not.
Decrescendo: The dynamic effect of gradually growing softer, indicated in the musical score by the marking ">".
Development: Where the musical themes and melodies are developed, written in sonata form.
Diminuendo: Gradually growing softer.
Disco: A kind of popular dance music with a strong beat, elements of the blues and Latin American rythms, and simple repetitous lyrics, usually accompanied by pulsating lights etc.
Dissonance: Combination of tones that sounds discordant and unstable, in need of resolution.
Dolce: Sweetly, softly
Dominant: The fifth scale step, sol.
Doubles: Variations of a dance in a French keyboard suite.
Double bass: Also known as the contrabass or bass viol.
Drone: ull, monotonous tone such as a humming or buzzing sound. Also a bass note held under a melody.
Duple meter: Basic metrical pattern of two beats to a measure.
Duplum: Second voice of a polyphonic work, especially the medieval motet.
Dynamics: Pertaining to the loudness or softness of a musical composition. Also the symbols in sheet music indicating volume.