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the Musical Dictionary from Classical and Jazz
Una corda: (Ita), ("one string"). Soft pedal.
The left pedal in a modern
It shifts the whole action to the right a little so that the hammers strike only
two of the three strings provided for each
note in the
treble and only one of the two strings provided
in the bass,
while continuing to strike the single strings of the extreme
Unison: Singing or
playing the same notes by all singers or players, either at exactly the same
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
before the first bar line, as necessitated by the text for the purpose of
desirable accent. The
unaccented beat of a
measure. So called
because the conductor
directs it with an upward movement of the