Online Music Dictionary of Musical Terms Beginning With V


Venetian School: Late-Renaissance group of composers in Venice whose style included polychoral textures and the foundations of orchestration.

Viola: In the violin family, the alto instrument, played under the chin.

Violin: In the violin family, the treble instrument played under the chin.

Violin Family: A family of four-string instruments originating during the 17th century, tuned in fifths, and characterized by rounded backs and shoulders, f-shaped sound holes, and deep middle bouts. See violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Votive: A chant or hymn honoring a particular saint or the Virgin Mary.