Online Music Dictionary of Musical Terms Beginning With P
Parallel Chords: The movement of specific chords or chord combinations up and down a scale.
Parallel Intervals: The movement in two or more parts of the same intervals in the same direction.
Parallel Keys: Major and Minor keys having the same tonic note.
Parallel Motion: The movement in two or more parts of the same intervals in the same direction.
Part Song: An unaccompanied homophonic song for three or more voices.
Perfect Pitch: The ability to distinguish and identify any given note without any musical or tonal support.
Phrase: A single musical idea, or element. Usually very short, often consisting of only one or two measures.
Phrygian Mode: A medieval mode whose scale pattern is that of playing E to E on the white keys of a piano.
Pianissimo: A directive that a passage is to be played very softly.
Polonaise: A stately Polish dance in moderate triple time, often with a repeated rhythmic pattern.
Polychoral: A style in which an ensemble is divided into groups that may perform individually, alternately, or together.
Prelude: "Play-before". An introductory movement or work.
Program Music: A piece that conveys a picture or story, in contrast to absolute music.
Prologue: An introductory piece that presents the background for an opera.