Music

*Denotes terms used on the score sheet 

*Suitability

Music matches and expresses the horse and the gaits.

*Editing

Music has a smooth flow; there are no abrasive cuts, transitions, or fades.

*Phrasing

The way sequences of notes are grouped together to form units of melody; the expression of musical sentences.

*Dynamics

Variations in the intensity of sound.

*Interpretation

Choreography reflects the dynamics and phrasing of the music.

*Cohesiveness

Music is linked by genre, theme or orchestration.

Genre

Category of music marked by a distinct style such as jazz, Baroque, rock, etc.

Theme

Distinct, recurring and unifying quality or idea.

Orchestration

Arrangement of music for performance by an orchestra, or smaller grouping of instruments.

Beat

Underlying pulse of the music.

Tempo

In music, the speed of musical beats; in dressage, the rate of repetition of the horse’s stride.

Rhythm

In music, the repeated pattern or grouping of musical beats; in dressage, the characteristic sequence of footfalls and phases of a given gate.

Syncopation

Shift in accent that occurs when a normally weak beat is stressed.

Vocal

Human voice used as an instrument.

Lyrics

Use of words in a song.

Style

Distinctive and identifiable form used in artistic expression.

Orchestra

Large group of musicians playing together on various instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass and

percussion.

Symphony

Many sounds playing together; a major work for orchestra; large orchestra.