Parallel Chords -
The movement of specific chords or chord
combinations up and down a scale.
- The ability to distinguish and identify any
given note without any musical or tonal support.
Pianissimo - pp-extremely soft
piano - p-soft
Piu mosso - more motion
pizzicato - Plucked with the fingers
placido - calm, tranquil
poco a poco - little by little
poi a poi - by degrees
Polka - a Bohemian dance, became one of
the most popular ball-room dances of the 19th century, its title a possible
reference to Poland.
Polyphony - "Many sounds". Music that has many notes sounding together, either in a chordal, or countrapuntal setting.
Prelude - "Play-before". An introductory movement or work.
prestissimo - as fast as possible
presto - quickly, rapidly
primo - first, principal
prima volta - the first time
Glenn Bonney's Music School © 2000