Terms Related to Background and Foreground Music The following are some terms that are related to background music and foreground music:
A Cappella: A cappella refers to a piece that is vocal, or sung music, but does not have any form of instrumental complement.
Adagio: Adagio refers to music that has a slow speed.
Allegro: Allegro refers to music that is lively and upbeat.
Chord: A chord is group of three or four notes that are played at the same time. Chords are specific notes, though, not just any random grouping of tones.
Harmony: A harmony is a few notes that are played together. The harmony serves as a background to the melody of the piece.
Interlude: An interlude is a musical break between parts of an opera or a play. This music may be in the background or foreground, depending on the production.
Legato: The word legato is an indicator that a song is to be played smoothly throughout. Quite a bit of adagio music would sound wonderful if presented in legato.
Overture: An overture is a song that precedes the beginning of an opera, a play, or another big musical production. Overtures are often instrumental pieces, but occasionally a production will include vocals.
Reprise: A reprise is a repetition of a previously played piece. The looped reprise is often a clip of what was presented before, and it must be separated from the original music with at least one other song.
Staccato: The word staccato is an indicator that a song is to be presented in short, choppy notes. Quite a bit of allegro music would sound wonderful if presented in staccato.