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relative keys
major and minor keys which have the same key signature (e.g., C major and A minor are relative keys).
registration
the combinations of stops used in an organ composition.
tosto
swift, rapid
refrain
recurrent lines of text and music at the end of each stanza of a song.
presto
quickly, rapidly.
sonabile
resonant
polonaise (polacca)
a Polish dance in moderate 3/4 time. The phrases end on the third beat of the bar, and there are many repetitions of short motives. It is not a folk dance, but originated from court ceremonies.
prelude
a piece designed to be played as an introduction, but also an independent short romantic piece in an improvised manner.
tarantella
a wild Italian dance in 3/8 or 6/8 time, which was supposed to cure the poisonous bite of the spider called the tarantula. It frequently alternated modes, and increased in frenzy towards the end.
passionato, passionatamente
impassioned, passionate