Now updated for CSW19. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.
|the use of pop music to promote political propaganda > AGITPOPS.
|a melody or tune.
|alaap alap alapa
|in Indian music, the introductory section of a RAGA.
|a short occasional instrumental composition, usually light in character > ALBUMBLATTS or ALBUMBLATTER.
|a drinking song or light lyric.
|a composition for a church choir, commonly with solo passages, usu set to a passage from the Bible; any song of praise or gladness; loosely, an officially recognized national hymn or song; (verb) to praise with an anthem.
|like an anthem; of rock music, having a bold tune and rhythm.
|an elaborate melody for a single voice.
|a short ARIA.
|a song or poem greeting the dawn or about lovers parting at dawn.
|a type of singing among the Inuit.
|a composition like an oratorio but performed as a drama > AZIONES.
|a type of Latin American music with guitar and percussion.
|a slow, sentimental song; a simple narrative poem in short stanzas; (verb) to compose or sing ballads.
|relating to a BALLAD.
|a ballad; (verb) to compose ballads.
|a style of Mexican dance music.
|to sing or compose ballads.
|a type of music originating in the US, played, or esp sung, in close chromatic harmony.
|a gondolier's song.
|a form of hip-hop music in which the voice is used to simulate percussion instruments.
|a variety of jazz music; (verb) to play bebop.
|a form of Kenyan popular music featuring guitars.
|a Hindu religious song.
|a combination of traditional Punjabi and Western pop music.
|a type of West Indian pop music.
|a style of country music.
|a slow sad song, orig an African-American folk song, characteristically with three four-bar lines and blue notes.
|of or like BLUES music > BLUESIER, BLUESIEST.
|a spark, a flash; a short playful piece of music.
|a variety of jazz music; (verb) to dance to this.
|suggestive of bebop > BOPPIER, BOPPIEST.
|suggestive of bebop.
|a style of guitar playing, used esp. for blues music.
|a comic opera.
|a toast; a drinking-song > BRINDISIS.
|a comic operetta; a music farce > BURLETTAS.
|a simple operatic song or melody in rondo form > CABALETTE or CABALETTAS.
|a lively syncopated music in the Cajun tradition.
|a West Indian ballad dealing with topical events > CALYPSOS or CALYPSOES.
|moving backwards; repeating a musical theme backwards. [L. cancrizare, to move like a crab].
|a type of vocal or instrumental musical composition in which the melody is repeated by one part following another in imitation.
|a love song > CANSOS.
|an extended composition for one or more voices with instrumental accompaniment.
|a song; a non-metrical hymn, esp one used in a church service.
|a melody or chant, esp. in mediaeval ecclesiastical music > CANTUS.
|a song resembling a madrigal but less strict > of CANZONE is CANZONES or CANZONI.
|a short CANZONE > of CANZONETTA is CANZONETTE.
|a kind of free composition, not keeping to the rules of any particular form > CAPRICCI or CAPRICCIOS.
|a song of joy and praise; (verb) to sing carols > CAROLED/CAROLLED.
|a short operatic air > CAVATINE or CAVATINAS.
|a signal made for a parley by beat of a drum.
|a little song, a ditty.
|chantey chantie chanty shantey shanty
|a song sung by sailors as they worked.
|charivari chivaree chivari
|a cacophonous mock-serenade performed for a wedding; (verb) to perform such a serenade. CHIVARI gives CHIVARIES (not CHIVARIS*), CHIVARIED, CHIVARIING.
|a simple harmonized composition with slow rhythm; a psalm or hymn tune.
|a short passage connecting two sections, but not forming part of either; a short coda.
|a composition alternating tutti passages and passages for a group of soloists > CONCERTANTI.
|a piece for one or more solo instruments with orchestra; -- more concise than the CONCERTO > CONCERTINOS or CONCERTINI.
|a composition (in the classical form usu. in three movements) for one, or sometimes more, solo instruments accompanied by orchestra > CONCERTOS or CONCERTI.
|a composition in concerto style but shorter than a full concerto > CONCERTSTUCKS.
|a style of metrical Latin song of the 12th and 13th century > CONDUCTI.
|a kind of Mexican-American music that has been influenced by the music of German immigrants to Texas and that features the accordion in addition to Mexican elements > CONJUNTOS.
|a lamentation for the dead; a dirge.
|music combining country and western with punk rock.
|a form of hip-hop music originating in the southern states of the US.
|a Columbian style of music.
|a type of Electronic/Techno music with rapid beats and often, extreme distortion.
|a style of dance-oriented REGGAE, a form of popular music originating in Jamaica. No —S.
|suitable for dancing to.
|relating to dance music > DANCIER, DANCIEST.
|a funeral song or hymn; a slow and mournful piece of music.
|in the manner of a dirge.
|a genre of 18th C. chamber music having several short movements > DIVERTIMENTI or DIVERTIMENTOS.
|a style of singing in harmony.
|a genre of electronic music conveying a dark and brooding atmosphere through prominent bass lines.
|a composition for two; (verb) to take part in playing a composition for two. Cf. DUETT, DUETTO.
|a composition for two. Cf. DUET, DUETTO.
|a duet of short extent and concise form > DUETTINOS.
|one who takes part in a duet.
|a composition for two > DUETTI or DUETTOS. Cf. DUET, DUETT.
|a lament, a piece alternating between lively and sorrowful moods > DUMKY or DUMKAS.
|a dancing tune in the Scotch style.
|a type of electronic music.
|a genre of pop music characterized by the use of synthesizers to replace guitars and drums.
|a type of music combining traditional hard rock with personal and emotional lyrics > EMOS.
|a type of music combining hard rock with personal and emotional lyrics.
|pieces for a group of instruments of the same kind e.g. Beethoven's Equali for four trombones. [Ital. old pl. of uguale, equal].
|a composition in the fine arts which is intended, or may serve, for a study.
|A form of simple pop music, performed by European artists.
|a literary, musical, or dramatic composition of an extravagant or fanciful character.
|a musical or other composition not governed by the ordinary rules of form.
|a type of music that parodies folk songs.
|a style of music associated with Indian films.
|a traditional song, or song in the traditional manner.
|a genre of music comprising various elements of folk music and electronic music .
|a nautical ballad sung at the FOREBITTS.
|pertaining to a FUGUE.
|(adv.) FUGAL, pertaining to a FUGUE.
|a piece in the manner of a fugue > FUGATOS.
|a short FUGUE.
|a polyphonic musical form in which a number of voices are developed contrapuntally; (verb) to compose a fugue.
|like a FUGUE.
|a style of electronic dance music with a very fast heavy rhythm.
|a type of Japanese classical music.
|an 18th-century style of music characterized by homophony and elaborate ornamentation.
|gangster rap music which is aggressive and misogynistic.
|a type of unsophisticated rock music.
|of or like garage music > GARAGIER, GARAGIEST.
|the second section of a RAGA.
|calypso music of the Bahamas.
|like gospel music.
|a morbid style of rock music and fashion characterized by black clothes and heavy make-up.
|a style of rock music featuring a discordant guitar sound and lyrics expressing social alienation.
|a bugle-call > HALLALIS.
|a type of rock music > hardcores.
|a style of music combining West African elements with jazz forms.
|a mock serenade, a SHIVAREE.
|typical of house music used in discos edited from other recordings > HOUSIER, HOUSIEST.
|a musical caprice.
|a lullaby used to soothe babies to sleep; (verb) to sing a lullaby.
|a song of praise, esp to God, but also to a nation, etc.; (verb) to sing a hymn.
|like a HYMN.
|a style of hip-hop music originating in the Bay Area of San Francisco.
|a type of music produced by independent record labels, often catering ot non-mainstream taste.
|a short connecting instrumental movement in an opera or other musical work; a similar piece performed independently.
|an introductory piece, a prelude.
|any of various styles of music with a strong rhythm, syncopation, improvisation, etc, originating in black American folk music; (verb) to play jazz music, to enliven.
|like JAZZ, noisy, garish > JAZZIER, JAZZIEST.
|in Hindu music, part of the second movement of a RAGA.
|resembling a jig > JIGGIER, JIGGIEST.
|like a JIG.
|the second movement of a RAGA (Indian music).
|a style of rock music.
|a kind of sing-along entertainment.
|a kind of Indian classical vocal music.
|a children's CANTATA or play.
|devotional singing, usually accompanied by musical instruments.
|a style of music > part Jewish, part big-band > KLEZMORIM.
|a name applied to experimental German rock music of the late 1960s and 1970s, characterized by repetitive rhythms and the use of electronic instruments.
|a type of S. African pop music > KWAITOS.
|a form of Zulu folk music. [Zulu khwela, climb, mount].
|a song > LIEDER.
|relating to or reminiscent of a cocktail lounge or lounge music > LOUNGIER, LOUNGIEST.
|a song used to get a child to sleep; (verb) to sing a lullaby.
|a part-song for several voices, spec. one of a 16th- or 17th-cent. Italian style, arranged in elaborate counterpoint, and sung without instrumental accompaniment.
|of or like a MADRIGAL.
|a form of music that incorporates rap and funk.
|a kind of music popular in townships in the 1930s > MARABIS.
|like a (musical) march.
|designating a form of Mexican dance music; (noun) any of a group of musician playing this > MARIACHIS.
|music played for a Caribbean carnival.
|a piece of live or recorded music in which a producer blends together two or more tracks, often from contrasting genres.
|a type of Black African urban music. [Orig. uncertain; perh. related to Zulu umbaqanga, maize, porridge].
|a traditional Jamaican form of song or ballad > MENTOS.
|a composition for one voice. Cf. POLYPHONY.
|a kind of unaccompanied part-song or anthem.
|a social gathering with music, or the programme of music for it.
|piped background music.
|denoting a cheap sentimental kind of music > MUZAKIER, MUZAKIEST.
|a style of popular music combining traditional soul music with elements from other genres.
|a musical composition of a dreamy character; also a painting of a night scene.
|a Christmas carol.
|nonet nonette nonetto
|a composition for nine instruments, rarely for nine voices > of NONETTO is NONETTI or NONETTOS.
|a NOCTURNE > NOTTURNI.
|octet octett octette
|a composition for eight voices; a group of eight lines of verse.
|a musical drama.
|relating to opera.
|the study of opera; histrionic behaviour.
|a short, light, musical drama.
|a little work or composition.
|a choral work usu. on a scriptural subject.
|an instrumental prelude to an opera, oratorio; (verb) to put forward as an overture.
|a song of thanksgiving. [L. from Gk. Paian, physician to the gods. The earliest musical paeans were hymns of thanksgiving and praise that were dedicated to Apollo; the word then became generalised].
|an ode or song recanting or retracting something in an earlier poem.
|a suite; a set of variations.
|a composition in a soft, rural style, generally in 6-8 or 12-8 time > PASTORALI or PASTORALES.
|variations on a dirge or martial theme for bagpipes.
|unmeasured, unaccompanied music sung in unison in ecclesiastical modes from early times.
|an Irish or Welsh melody for the harp, sometimes of a mournful character.
|music drawing on opera or classical music but aiming for popular appeal.
|denoting a very good piece of pop music.
|of pop music, belonging to a period following punk rock; (noun) a follower of this music > POSTPUNKS.
|a prelude > PRELUDI or PRELUDIOS.
|belonging to the fortunate era before the advent of rock music.
|the first part of a duet, trio etc > PRIMI or PRIMOS.
|a song in honour of a marriage > in both cases PROTHALAMIA.
|a hymn or religious song; (verb) to sing psalms.
|a genre of popular music blending rockabilly with punk rock.
|a form of devotional Sufi music.
|quartet quartett quartette quartetto
|a composition for four voices. The pl. of QUARTETTO is QUARTETTI.
|a type of gay-orientated pop music.
|quintet quintett quintette quintetto
|a composition for five voices or instruments. The pl. of QUINTETTO is QUINTETTI.
|an Indian musical form. [Skr. raga, colour, tone].
|a type of rap music.
|a modified RAGA.
|a form of jazz music of black American origin, with highly syncopated melody.
|a modern North African form of popular music.
|a type of Mexican country music.
|a type of music.
|a style of musical declamation, between singing and ordinary speech, used esp. in the dialogue and narrative parts of an opera or oratorio.
|a form of popular music originating in Jamaica.
|a form of music blending West Indian music influences of reggae and dancehall with those of Latin America.
|of or like a RHAPSODY, a free instrumental composition in one extended movement.
|a free instrumental composition in one extended movement, usu. emotional or exuberant in character.
|ricercar ricercare ricercata
|any of various contrapuntal instrumental forms esp. of the 16th and 17th centuries. The pl. of RICERCARE is RICERCARES or RICERCARI
|the body of instruments accompanying the concertino in baroque concerto music > RIPIENI or RIPIENOS.
|a type of Italian folk-song with 8-line stanzas > RISPETTI.
|ritornel ritornell ritornelle ritornello ritournelle
|a short return or repetition; a concluding symphony to an air, often consisting of the burden of the song.
|a form of rock-and-roll music with elements of hillbilly.
|a song used to lull a child to sleep.
|a short instrumental piece of songlike character.
|a short RONDO > RONDINOS.
|a piece of music with a recurring leading theme, often as the final movement of a concerto, sonata, etc > RONDOS.
|a short RONDO.
|a series of repetitions of the same passage, each a tone higher. [Said to be from an Italian folksong, Rosalia cara mia].
|a CANON sung in unison.
|a song with a refrain.
|in music, a lively busy movement in triple time > SCHERZOS or SCHERZI.
|a short drinking song of ancient Greece, taken up by the guests in irregular succession > SCOLIA, SKOLIA.
|A form of emo music typically featuring screaming vocals.
|the second part in a concerted piece > SECONDI.
|a trumpet call used for formal stage entrance or exit.
|a piece of vocal music, especially one on an amorous subject; (verb) to address a serenade to.
|sestet sestett sestette sestetto sextet sextett sextette sextuor
|a piece of music composed for six voices or six instruments > of SESTETTO is SESTETTOS.
|a symphony; a symphony orchestra > SINFONIE or SINFONIAS.
|a short or simple symphony.
|a form of Jamaican music similar to REGGAE.
|a strongly accented form of music played on guitars, drums, and often unconventional instruments, etc, popular in the late 1950s (not with me it wasn't); (verb) to play skiffle.
|music that is grating, dissonant, and frequently avante garde.
|a variety of Caribbean calypso music. [From soul plus calypso].
|a musical composition for one or two instruments (one usu. being the piano), usu. in several movements with one (esp. the first) or more in sonata form > SONATAS.
|a short and simple sonata > SONATINAS or SONATINE.
|that which is sung; a short poem or ballad suitable for singing or set to music.
|a form of Central African dance music. [Fr. secouer, to shake].
|in Greek tragedy, a song of the chorus, continued without the interruption of dialogue or anapaestics > STASIMA.
|a type of dance music.
|relating to a SYMPHONY.
|an orchestral composition on a great scale in SONATA form.
|pop music using synthesisers.
|a trumpet fanfare; a hunting cry.
|the sound of a trumpet or trumpet fanfare; (verb) to make this sound.
|a type of fast, repetitive electronic dance music.
|pop music featuring synthesisers and other technological equipment.
|the hymn beginning Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, which forms the conclusion of the Eucharistic preface > TERSANCTUSES.
|a composition in three voice parts; a vocal (rarely an instrumental) trio > TERZETTI or TERZETTOS.
|denoting a style of fast loud punk rock music > THRASHIER, THRASHIEST.
|a dirge; a THRENODY.
|relating to a THRENODY, an ode of lamentation.
|a dirge; a funeral song.
|of or like a THRENODY.
|like a THRENODY, mournful.
|a funeral song, a THRENODY.
|a dirge; a funeral song > THRENOSES.
|a brilliant, quick, fantasia-like musical composition > TOCCATAS or TOCCATE.
|a short TOCCATA.
|like a torch song, a melancholy love song > TORCHIER, TORCHIEST.
|a set of three; a composition for three instruments.
|an ancient anthem, -- usually known by its Latin name TERSANCTUS.
|a fanfare on a trumpet.
|a kind of song of a lively character, frequently embodying a satire on some person or event, sung to a familiar air in couplets with a refrain; a street song; a topical song.
|a type of singing in which the singer improvises words to familiar instrumental solos.
|a popular song, or national air > VOLKSLIEDER.
|music added to a piece at the will of the performer.
|a Maori song > WAIATAS.
|spontaneous or improvised barbershop singing.
|a song sung while doing physical work.
|popular music from outside the western mainstream.
|a style of Caribbean dance music.
|a type of dance music > ZYDECOS. [Supposedly from the Creole pronunciation of les haricots, or, in French, "the beans"].