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embellishment  Melodic decoration, either improvised or indicated through ornamentation signs in the music.

embouchure  The placement of the lips, lower facial muscles and jaws in playing a wind instrument.

Empfindsamkeit  German "sensitive" style of the mid-eighteenth century, characterized by melodic directness and homophonic texture.

encore  "Again"; an audience request that the performer(s) repeat a piece or perform another.

English horn  Double-reed woodwind instrument, larger and lower in range than the oboe.

ensembles  Musical performing groups; common Western ensembles include chorus, choir, men's chorus and women's chorus, orchestra, chamber group (such as string quartet), and band (concert, marching, jazz).

entenga  Tuned drum from Uganda; the royal drum ensemble of the former ruler of Buganda.

episode  Interlude or intermediate section in the Baroque fugue, which serves as an area of relaxation between statements of the subject.

equal temperament  Tuning system based on the division of the octave into twelve equal half steps; the normal system used today.

erhu  Bowed, two-string fiddle from China, with its bow hairs fixed between the strings; rests on the leg while playing.

espressivo  Expressively.

ethnomusicology  Comparative study of musics of the world, with a focus on the cultural context of music.

ethno-pop  See world beat.

étude  Study piece that focuses on a particular technical problem.

euphonium  Tenor-range brass instrument resembling the tuba. Also baritone horn.

exoticism  Musical style in which rhythms, melodies or instruments evoke the color and atmosphere of far-off lands.

exposition  Opening section. In the fugue, the first section in which the voices enter in turn with the subject. In sonata-allegro form, the first section in which the major thematic material is stated. Also statement.