Musical Terms Beginning With W

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Waltz

A ballroom dance in 3/4 time that became very popular in 19th century Austria.

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Whole Note

Used in music notation, a note that takes up entire measure in 4/4 time. It is worth two half note or four quarter-note beats.

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Woodwind

A group of wind instruments made of a long hollow tube of wood or metal. The sound is made by blowing air through a very thin piece of shaved wood called a reed, or across a small mouthpiece; finger holes along the instrument are opened and closed to change the pitch. The oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and flute are examples of woodwind instruments.

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