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Musical Styles

  • BIG BAND - 20 men who take it in turns to stand up plus a drummer.
  • BLUES - Played exclusively by people who woke up this morning.
  • CLASSICAL - Discover the other 45 minutes they left out of the TV ad.
  • FOLK - Endless songs about shipwrecks in the 19th century.
  • HEAVY metaL - Codpiece and chaps
  • HOUSE MUSIC - OK as long as it's not the house next door.
  • JAZZ - Five men on the same stage all playing different tunes.
  • OPERA - People singing when they should be talking.
  • RAP - People talking when they should be singing.
  • WORLD MUSIC - A dozen different types of percussion all going at once.


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Glossary of Musical Terms

ACCIDENTALS: Wrong notes

AGNUS DEI: A famous female church composer

ALLEGRO: Leg fertilizer

AUGMENTED FIFTH: A 36-ounce bottle

BREVE: The time you spend when the line is short

BROKEN CONSORT: When somebody in the ensemble has to leave and go to the restroom.

CADENCE: When everybody hopes you're going to stop - but you don't

CADENZA: The heroine in Monteverdi's opera "Frottola"

CANTUS FIRMUS: The part you get when you can only play four notes

CHANSONS DE GESTE: Dirty songs

CLAUSULA: Mrs. Santa

CONDUCTUS: The process of getting Vire into the cloister

CROTCHET: A tritone with a bent prong - or

CROTCHET: It's like knitting but it's faster - or

CROTCHET: An unpleasant illness that occurs after the Lai, if prolation is not used

CUT TIME: When you're going twice as fast as everybody else in the ensemble.

DI LASSO: Popular with Italian cowboys

DRONE: The sound of a single monk during an attack of Crotchet

DUCTIA: A lot of mallards

DUCTIA: Vire's organum

EMBOUCHRE: The way you look when you've been playing the Krummhorn

ESTAMPIE: What they put on letters in Quebec

GARGLEFINKLEIN: A tiny recorder played by neums

HOCKET: The thing that fits into a crochet to produce a rackett

HURDY-GURDY: A truss for medieval percussionists who get Organistrum

INTERVAL: How long it takes you to find the right note. There are three kinds: Major Interval: A long time Minor Interval: A few bars Inverted Interval: When you have to back one bar and try again

INTONATION: Singing through one's nose. Considered highly desirable in the Middle Ages

ISORHYTHM: The individual process of releif when Vire is out of town

ISORHYTHMIC MOTET: When half of the ensemble got a different xerox than the other half

LAI: What monks give up when they take their vows

LAUDA: The difference between shawms and krummhorns

LASSO: The 6th and 5th steps of a descending scale

LONGA: The time between visits with Vire

METRONOME: A dwarf who lives in the city

MINIM: The time you spend with Vire when there is a long line

MINNESINGER: A boy soprano

MOTET: Where you meet Vire if the cloister is guraded

MUSICA FICTA: When you lose your place and have to bluff till you find it again. Also known as faking

NEUMS: Renaissance midgets

NEUMATIC MELISMA: A bronchial disorder caused by hockets

ORCHESTRAL SUITES: Naughty women who follow touring orchestras

ORDO: The hero in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"

ORGANISTRUM: A job-related hazard for careless medieval percussionists, cause by getting one's tapper caught in the clapper

ORGANUM: You may not participate in the Lai without one

PARALELL ORGANUM: Everybody standing in a double line, waiting for Vire

PERformANCE PRACTISE: Sex education

PROLATION: Precautions taken before the Lai

QUAVER: Beginning viol class

RACKETT: Capped reeds class

RECITATIVE: A disease that Monteverdi had

RHYTHMIC DRONE: The sound of many monks suffering with Crotchet

RITORNELLO: An opera by Verdi

ROTA: An early Italian method of teaching music without score or parts

SANCTA: Clausula's husband

SINE PROPRIETATE: Cussing in church

SOLESME: The state of mind after a rough case of Crotchet

STOPS: Something Bach did not have on his organ

SUPERTONIC: Schweppes

TEMPUS IMPERFECTUM: Vire had to leave early

TEMPUS PERFECTUM: A good time was had by all

TRANSPOSITION: An advanced recorder technique where you change from alto to soprano fingering (or vice-versa) in the middle of a piece

TROPE: A malevolent Neum

TROTTO: An early Italian form of Montezuma's Revenge

TUTTI: A lot of sackbuts

VIRELAI: A local woman known for her expertise in the Lai



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