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chordal style
in vocal polyphony, a texture in which all the parts have the same rhythm and sing the same syllables simultaneously. Also called familiar style.
bene placito
at will, at pleasure
fermata
a pause or hold  
capriccio
a piece of light and humorous style, usually in irregular form.
cantando
in a singing style
fastoso
proudly, stately
courante, c, rente
an old dance in AB form, literally meaning "running". Usually in triple time, and the second of the standard movements of the suite. The Italian Corrente is much quicker than the more refined French Courante, which frequently shifted from 3/2 to 6/4 time.
decrescendo
gradually getting softer
buffa, buffo
comic, humorous
concerto
a composition for one or more solo instruments with orchestral accompaniment, usually written in three movements.