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"Coming to Terms" with Classical Music

Here, in excerpts from his book The NPR® Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z, Miles Hoffman sheds a little light on some terms commonly associated with the National Symphony Orchestra. Now, you don't have to be a prodigy or a maestro to understand classical music and the NSO.

Arrangement

Beat

Coda

Conductor

Divertimento

Finale

Harmony

Key

Maestro

Orchestra

Prodigy

Rhythm

Score

Syncopation

Tessitura

Vibrato


The NPR® Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z by Miles Hoffman, published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Copyright © 1997 by Miles Hoffman and National Public Radio.

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Miles Hoffman is the "Coming to Terms" commentator on NPR's Performance Today®, NPR's daily classical musical show heard on public radio stations nationwide. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing by the Publisher. No part of the material from The NPR® Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z presented on this site may be reproduced in any form, except for personal use, without permission of NPR.

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