CAuthentic or Perfect Cadence - This is a perfect or Complete V-1 Cadence.
Chromatic - Motion by half steps
Chromatic scale - A scale composed of 12 half steps.Circle of fifths - The succession of keys or chords proceeding by fifths.
Coda - Closing section of a composition. An added ending.
Common Time - 4/4 meter
Compound Interval - An interval greaterthan an octave, such as a ninth, or eleventh.
Con - with (for various phrases beginning with con see other words)
Concert pitch - The international tuning pitch - currently A 440 or
The pitch for non-transposing (C) instruments.
Concerto - A musical
composition written for a solo
instrument. The soloist plays the melody while the orchestra plays the
If the solo instrument is a violin then the piece is called a “violin concerto”, if it is a piano it is then called a “piano concerto”, and so on.
The word “concerto” is an Italian word, the second “c” is pronounced like an English “sh”
(when you break it up and spell it the wrong way and pronounce this way it sounds like "con-shirt-oh". It means “playing together”.
Con spirito - With spirit.
Contra - The octave below normal.
Contralto - the deepest female voice
Counterpoint - The technique of combining single melodic lines or
parts of equal importance.
Crescendo - gradually louder
Glenn Bonney's Music School © 2000