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the Musical Dictionary from Classical and Jazz
Qanoun: This is a plectra plucked
having up to 100
strings. The back sounding board was held to the players chest as the hands
wrapped around to pluck its strings. Today the qanoun and other members of the
Psaltery family are placed across the players knees or
on a small table.
based on the interval of a
fourth, rather than on
below or above the normal bassoon.
Quarter note/rest: A
note/rest one half
the length of a half note and one quarter the length of a whole
Quartet: A piece
for four instruments or voices. Four performers.
Quasi: (Ita) Almost. Used with other terms,
e.g. quasi madrigal, almost or as if a
below or above the normal
Harmony based on the
interval of a
fifth, rather than
Quintet: A piece for five
voices. Five performers.
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