Music glossary - Letter N
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Nationalism: A love of one's country; expressed by composers of the Romantic period and again in 20th century music.
Natural: A symbol in sheet music that returns a note to its original pitch after it has been augmented or diminished.
Neoclassical: Movement in music where the characteristics are crisp and direct.
Neumatic: Melodic style with two to four notes set to each syllable.
New age: Style of popular music of the 1980s and 1990s, characterized by soothing timbres and repetitive forms that are subjected to shifting variation techniques.
New wave: Subgenre of rock popular since the late 1970s, highly influenced by simple 1950s-style rock and roll; developed as a rejection of the complexities of art rock and heavy metal.
Nonet: A composition written for nine instruments.
Notation: First developed in the 8th century, methods of writing music.
Noh drama: A major form of Japanese theater since the late fourteenth century; based on philosophical concepts from Zen Buddhism.
Nonmetric: Music lacking a strong sense of beat or meter, common in certain non-Western cultures.