Musical glossary U to WHere's an
alphabetical explanation of all those foreign musical words and terms
that get scattered around a music score with the sole purpose of
confusing! Hope it sheds some light...
UUna corda - Soft pedal.
Unison - Singing or playing the same notes by all singers or players, either at exactly the same pitch or in a different octave.
Un peu - A little. Used with other words, e.g. un peu piano.
Un poco - A little.
Upbeat - One or more notes occurring before the first bar line, as necessitated by the text for the purpose of desirable accent. The unaccented beat of a measure.
Variation - The manipulation of a theme by the use of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic changes.
Vibrato - Repeated fluctuation of pitch.
Virtuoso - A brillant, skillful performer.
Vivace - Lively, brisk, quick, and bright.
Vivo - Lively, bright.
Volti subito - Turn [the page] quickly.
Whole note/rest - A note/rest equal to two half notes and four quarter notes.
Wholetone scale - A scale made up of solely intervals of a tone. There are only two wholetone scales.
Wind instrument family - Instruments in which sound is produced by the vibration of air, including brass and woodwind instruments.
Woodwind family - Instruments, originally made of wood, in which sound is produced by the vibration of air, including recorders, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, oboes, and bassoons.