Glossary

E

The key of E.

eighth

An octave.

elegy

A melancholy piece.

eleventh

The interval of eleven diatonic degrees.

embellishment

ornaments added to music

ensemble

A group of singers or instrumentalists.

equal temperament

Any tuning system that divides the octave into equal intervals.

ethnomusicology

The study of various types of music in relation to their racial and cultural context.

etude

A study or exercise piece written to improve technique.

evaded cadence

A cadence that implies one type of resolution, but resolves in another direction.

even tuning

See equal temperament.

excercise

A short study written to improve technique.

exposition

The first occurence of the theme or subject in a work, where the prinicpal idea of the piece is stated.

empressionism

Early 20th-century musical style employing a subjective and abstract approach, in opposition to impressionism.