maestoso - dignified, with majesty
Mediant - The third degree of the major or minor scale. The triad built on this degree is labeled iii in the major scale, III in the natural minor scale, and III+ in the harmonic minor scale.
Meno mosso - Less motion
Meter - The meter of a piece of music is the repetitive arrangement of strong and weak
pulses in the rhythm
Meters can also be classified as either simple or compound. In a simple meter, each beat is basically divided into halves. In compound meters, each beat is divided into thirds.
Minor - The designation for certain
intervals and scales. A key based on a minor scale is called a minor key.
The three types of minor scales include natural, hormonic, and melodic, which is used infrequently in choral music. The patterns for natural and harmonic scales are:
moderato - in moderate time
To change keys, the movement from one tonic center to another.
molto - very much, a great deal
morendo - dying away in time and tone
Mordent -An ornament
consisting of a single alternation between a given pitch, and the one
immeditatly below or above it-called an inverted mordent.
mosso - more movement or motion
A choral composition, usually on a
Motif - A short musical idea, or melodic theme that runs through a piece.
moto motion - (con moto - rather quick)
moto perpetuo - perpetual motion
A self-contained segment of a
larger work. Found in works such as sonatas,
movimento - impulse, the time of a piece
Glenn Bonney's Music School © 2000