The ’I Believe In Father Christmas’ composer has passed away.
Turns out Joey, Monica, Ross et al really knew their music theory (kind of). Could we BE any geekier?
(Lit. 'slowing down'). A gradual decrease in speed similar to a that of a ritardando.
(Lit. 'detached'). Note is to be played shorter than notated, usually half the value. The rest of the metric value is then silent.
Performance marking indicating a passage should be played in a heavily slurred, unarticulated manner.
Suddenly. For example 'subito forte' - suddenly loud.
Getting faster - suddenly increasing the tempo.
Distinct, separated. A way of playing the violin and other bowed instruments by bouncing the bow on the string, giving a characteristic staccato effect.
Three-part fugue, final entry
In contrapuntal music. The final part joins the texture, imitating the previous two.
(Lit. 'marked'). Played somewhat louder or more forcefully than a note with a regular accent mark.
A musical joke. A light, humorous or playful musical form, originally and usually in fast triple metre, often replacing the minuet in the later Classical period and Romantic period.
(Italian: 'to carry'). Denotes a smooth, pulsing articulation and is often notated by adding dots under slur markings.