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  The speed of the music.
  March tempo.
Hold this note for its full value. Stress the note by pressing gently into the key.
  The main melody of a composition (many works have more than one theme).
  The interval that spans three letter names (Ex. C up to E, or F down to D). On the staff: line-to-the-next-line or space-to-the-next-space.
A curved line that connects two notes on the same line or space. Hold for the total counts of both notes.
  Two numbers at the beginning of a piece (one above the other). The top number indicates the number of beats per measure; the bottom number represents the note receiving the beat.
  Release the soft pedal. Literally, three strings.
A 3-note chord built in 3rds.
or A quick repetition of the principal note with the note above it (the number and speed of the repetitions depend on the music).
  A piece for three instruments; or a section of a piece with three voices.
  A group of three notes performed in the usual time of two notes of the same kind.
A musical ornament that turns above and below the given note.
  Depress the soft pedal. Literally, one string.
  The note(s) of an incomplete opening measure.
  Quickly, very lively.
  With life; lively.
  An organ piece, often with florid passages, used for a church service.
  A popular 19th century dance in 3/4 time.
Four counts or beats.
Silence for any whole measure (hangs below line 4).
  The distance of two half steps.