Q – Dictionary

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Qin (Chinese) a seven string fretless zither often referred to in the West as The Scholar’s Lute

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Quadrat (German) natural sign, the sign placed before a note that is neither sharpened or flattened

Quadrophonic a sound system that uses four independent speakers, Surround Sound

Quadruple a prefix indicating four elements

Quadruple-croche (French) sixty-fourth note see Note Values

Quadruplet a group of four notes to be played in the time of three

Quadruplum the fourth voice

Qual (German) agony

Qualvoll (German) agonized

Quanto (Italian) as much, so much

Quartal chords built of the interval of a fourth or fifth

Quaver (English) eighth note see Note Values

Quintal chords chords built of the interval of a fourth or fifth

Quart de soupir a sixteenth rest

Quarter note a note one quarter the time value of a whole note see Note Values

Quarter rest a rest one quarter the time value of a whole rest

Quarter-tone a microtonal interval half that of a semitone

Quarto (Italian) fourth

Quasi (Italian) as if, almost, in the manner of

Quatre (French) four

Quatreble a voice pitched a fifth above the treble

Quatrième (French) fourth

Quattro (Italian) four

Quaver a eighth note

Quaver rest a eighth rest

Que (French) that, as

Quebecois music from the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec

Quejumbre cry of anguish in flamenco singing

Quelque  (French) some

Quelques (Italian) this

Questa (Italian) this

Questo (Italian) this

Quickstep a dance popular in the 1920’s in duple meter, a version of the foxtrot; a fast march

Quietissimo (Italian) quietest

Quieto (Italian) quiet, calm, serene

Quilisma a transition note

Quilted A distinctive wood grain pattern. see Wood Choices for Back & Sides see Alternative Wood Choices for Back & Sides 

Quilted Bubinga Also known as African Rosewood, is harder and heavier than either Brazilian or Indian Rosewood, It has a medium texture with interlocking grain. It’s pinkish-mauve cast oxidizes to a nice brownish-red over time. Quilted describes its distinctive grain pattern. see Wood Choices for Back & Sides see Alternative Wood Choices for Back & Sides see Anatomy of a Classical Guitar

Quilted Mahogany A wood that used to be exported mainly from Honduras, but now comes more often from Brazil. African Mahogany a little heavier and finer textured than Honduran Mahogany. Mahogany is fine for guitars due to its relative low cost, ease of working, and stability. Colors range from light pink to medium brown to reddish brown. see Wood Choices for Back & Sides see Alternative Wood Choices for Back & Sides see Anatomy of a Classical Guitar

Quindecima (Italian) a double octave or a 15th

Quint the interval of a fifth

Quintadecima (Italian) a double octave or a 15th

Quintal harmony harmony based on the interval of a fifth, rather than thirds

Quinta (Italian) fifth,an interval of five diatonic degrees, counting the first and last degree

Quintet (English) a work for five independent parts, a body of players who would perform such a work

Quintett (German) a work for five independent parts, a body of players who would perform such a work

Quintette (French) a work for five independent parts, a body of players who would perform such a work

Quintetto (Italian) a work for five independent parts, a body of players who would perform such a work

Quinto (Italian) fifth, an interval of five diatonic degrees, counting the first and last degree

Quintuor (French) a work for five independent parts, a body of players who would perform such a work

Quintuple a prefix indicating five elements, for example, quintuple time (the time signature 5/4, 5/8, and so on)

Quintuplet five notes played in the time of four or six, according to the time signature

Quintus (Latin) the fifth voice in a sixteenth-century composition having five or more vocal parts, sometimes a ‘descant’ or ‘countermelody’ added above the usual four voices

Quitter (French) to leave, to quit

Quodlibet a fanciful combination of airs, a fantasia, a medley, a collection of different tunes or fragments of composition brought together as a joke

Quotation music music that parodies another work or works, presenting them in a new style or guise

 

 

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