Music glossary - Letter O
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Octaves: The interval embracing eight diatonic tones.
Ode: Secular composition written for a royal occasion, especially popular in England.
Ondes Martenot: Electronic instrument that produces sounds by means of an oscillator.
Opera: A drama where the words are sung instead of spoken.
Opéra comique: French comic opera, with some spoken dialogue.
Operetta: A short light musical drama.
Oratorio: An extended cantata on a sacred subject.
Orchestration: The technique of setting instruments in various combinations.
Oratorio: A musical setting, for only orchestra, chorus, and voices, of an extended story, of a religious or contemplative nature, performed in a concert hall or church, without scenery, costumes, or physical action.
Organ: Wind instrument in which air is fed to the pipes by mechanical means; the pipes are controlled by two or more keyboards and a set of pedals.
Ornaments: Tones used to embellish the principal melodic tone.
Ostinato: A short melodic, rhythmic, or harmonic pattern that is repeated throughout a work or a section of one.
Overture: Introduction to an opera or other large musical work.