Madrigal: A Renaissance choral
piece, usually unaccompanied.
Maggiore: The major mode.
Major: "Greater". A term used to describe certain intervals (seconds, thirds,sixths and sevenths), chords and the Ionian Mode.
Chord: a triad composed of a root, a third, and a fifth.
Major Scale: A diatonic scale where the half-steps fall between the third and fourth,
and the seventh and . This
scale is identical to the Ionian Mode.
School: A Preclassical group of German symphonic composers whose style including extended crecendos (called steamrollers) and melodies that arpeggiated upward, (called rockets).
March: Music for marching, such as in a parade or procession.
Mode: A medieval mode whose scale pattern is that of playing G to G on the white keys of a
Signature: See time
Mode: A scale pattern consisting of set intervals of whole and half steps.
The primary modes are Aeolian, Dorian, Ionian, Locrian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Phrygian.
Modal: Pertaining to modes.
Modern: Music written in the 20th century, or contemporary music.
Modulation: 1. To change keys, the movement from one tonic center to another.
Monody: A solo or unison song with accompaniement.
Monothematic: Music based upon a single theme.
Monophony: Music written in a single melodic line, as opposed to polyphony.
Morceau: "Morsel". A musical work or composition.
Mordent: An ornament consisting of a
single alternation between a given pitch, and the one immeditatly below
or above it--called an inverted mordent.
Motet: A choral composition, usually on a religious text.
Motif: A short musical idea, or melodic theme that runs through a piece.
Movement: A self-contained segment of a larger work. Found in works such as sonatas, symphonies, concertos, etc.
Musicology: The study of music and music history.
specifically that of Richard Wagner and his successors.
Musique Concrete: Music composed by manipulating recorded sounds, specifically
aucoustically generated real-world sounds.