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Music glossary - Letter W

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Waltz: Ballroom dance type in triple meter; in the Romantic era, a short, stylized piano piece.

West Coast jazz: Jazz style developed in the 1950s, featuring small groups of mixed timbres playing contrapuntal improvisations; similar to cool jazz.

Whole: Tone scale A scale consisting of only whole tone notes. Such a scale consists of only 6 notes.

Word painting: Musical pictorialization of words from the text as an expressive device; a prominent feature of the Renaissance madrigal.

Work song: Communal song that synchronized group tasks.

World beat: Collective term for popular third-world musics, ethnic and traditional musics, and eclectic combinations of Western and non-Western musics.