A to Z: Musical Terms

Can you guess these music-related words starting with each letter A to Z?
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A
Non-electric guitar
Acoustic
B
"Swan Lake" or "Nutcracker", e.g.
Ballet
C
Large, organised group of singers
Choir
D
Ringo played them
Drums
E
Extra performance, after applause
Encore
F
Horizontally held wind instrument
Flute
G
Composer of "Porgy and Bess"
Gershwin
H
Song of praise
Hymn
I
Distance between two musical notes
Interval
J
Music originally from New Orleans
Jazz
K
The modern piano has 88 of them
Keys
L
Cradle song
Lullaby
M
Great conductor's title
Maestro
 
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Answer
N
Piece of music for nine musicians
Nonet
O
"La Bohème", or "Aida", e.g.
Opera
P
Very fast tempo (Italian)
Presto
Q
8th note, in Britain
Quaver
R
Bob Marley's style
Reggae
S
Instrument played by Lisa Simpson
Saxophone
T
Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, e.g.
Tenor
U
Small guitar popular in Hawaii
Ukulele
V
Known in the folk scene as a fiddle
Violin
W
Composer of the "Ring Cycle"
Wagner
X
Common percussion instrument
Xylophone
Y
Swiss, Alpine style of singing
Yodel
Z
String instrument with wooden frame
Zither
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Level 77
Oct 12, 2014
Ah Gershwin -- only one I missed. I'm obviously not an opera fan.
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Level 20
Oct 12, 2014
Didn't know how to spell some like Ukulele and Reggae. Could you accept Uculele or Ukelele and Regae. Please.
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2014
Since you accept "George Gershwin" as the correct answer, you should also accept "Richard Wagner". Otherwise, a very nice quiz!
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Level ∞
Oct 13, 2014
Richard Wagner will work now, but in the future you can save time by typing last names only.
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2014
please accept intervel for interval
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Level 53
Oct 16, 2014
Why? There is no context in which "intervel" is a correct spelling of anything.
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Level 16
Nov 20, 2016
But, you see, not everyone can spell correctly. And besides, 99% of quizzes on this website allow answers that aren't correct spellings for anything. I say allow intervel.
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Level 73
Mar 16, 2018
I am pro alternate spellings when they sound like the right answer, but there's no way in which intervel sounds the same as interval.
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Level 44
Dec 31, 2018
^There is if you have an accent that puts a schwa in the last syllable of both.
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Level 84
Feb 11, 2020
I'm glad you decided to intervane.
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Level 73
Feb 16, 2021
please do not
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Level 78
Oct 14, 2014
Never heard of quaver. Learned something new today, which is good.
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Level 71
Mar 21, 2016
And now you're on your way to learning about the hemidemisemiquaver (not to be confused with the much rarer semihemidemisemiquaver) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixty-fourth_note.
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Level 78
Nov 20, 2016
Good thing I'm American. I'm better at fractions than at spelling.
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Level 82
Jul 8, 2018
Wait, Americans are good at math now?
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Level 78
Sep 7, 2018
Oh, sure we are. A few of us can put two and two together and come up with something - you know like: Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Texas Instruments, and other little trinkets like that.
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Level 65
Oct 15, 2014
I think "air guitar" should be an acceptable answer for non-electric guitar. I mean, air isn't electric.
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Level 87
Oct 15, 2014
It's also not musical.
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Level 65
Oct 17, 2014
It was also a joke. Why has no one invented sarcasm font yet?
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Level 16
Nov 20, 2016
Sarcasm font is one of the most brilliant ideas I've ever heard.
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Level 77
Nov 21, 2016
No sarcasm font, it's more fun to see people's serious reaction to an obvious joke - example above.
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Level 78
Nov 20, 2016
Air can be electrified.
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Level 66
Nov 18, 2016
I zithered on the last one.
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Level 11
Nov 23, 2016
I can't spell xylophone... xylaphone... whatever!!!!!!
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Level 35
Mar 18, 2017
25/26-missed bob
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Level 84
Apr 2, 2017
Missed bob but got quaver??
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Level 44
Sep 25, 2017
Can Regge please be accepted? I would've been right on that particular question if it had. Thanks
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Level 81
Sep 28, 2017
Tried "hallel" for the H-song of praise. Shouldn't that be acceptable? I always thought that the breakdown of "hallelujah" was:

hallel = song of praise

u = to

jah = Jehovah

Or is that incorrect?

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Level 62
Nov 18, 2017
I tried Hallelujah first before realizing they were looking for Hymn.
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Level 62
Nov 18, 2017
A Ukulele is NOT a little guitar. It's its own instrument. You could say "small fretted string instrument".
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Level 73
Aug 12, 2018
I spent a long time trying to figure out what we in Britain might call the 8th note along a piano keyboard. Perhaps change clue to 'one eighth of a note'
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2019
could you accept mistro ? didnt know how to spell it.
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Level 62
Nov 12, 2019
But now you do know how to spell it.
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Level 67
Nov 27, 2019
Maistro would atleast have been a guess that sounds somewhat similar (I think I have actually seen it written like that in some places, now that I see it written down).

The only one I had spelling difficulties with was zither, that darn h shoved into everything. I tried ziter, zitar, then thought, well it cant start with an s (the likeness beteeen zither and sitar doesnt help me, especially since we write it like citer, and there are about 5 more similarly named stringed instruments like cittern), so went more "exotic" zetir zetar. Then I gave up and thought it must be something else altogether

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Level 78
Feb 21, 2021
I have to quibble on this one, because he's not dead, and I have tickets to go see him (it was for 2020, but the tour got rescheduled for the exact same dates in 2021, so we'll see what happens). Instead of "Ringo played them" it should be present tense: Ringo plays them.