Music glossary - Letter W
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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.