Musical Terms Beginning With J

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janissary music

The music of Turkish ensembles of wind and percussion instruments during the Ottoman Empire. The instruments – such as cymbals, triangles and bass drums – sounded very exotic to European ears and were used by composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

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Jazz

American-born music that uses syncopation, altered scales, specific harmonies, and improvisation.

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Jig

An old, quick dance. The music in the second half of the dance is a variation on the music from the first half.

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