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A piece of music that is almost identical to another is called?

It's called a Pastiche A pastiche is a style of music [or art] that imitates the style or character of a piece. Unlike a parody, it celebrates rather than mocks the original. Adverts and 'high ...
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What is Bass and Treble?

Sound is created by vibrations. How fast those vibrations are is called "frequency." There is a range of vibrations that the human ear is sensitive to. The slower, bigger vibrations in this range ...
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What does "classical" mean? Is Dvořák classical?

The term Classical in terms of music has two main distinct meanings that have been mentioned in the comments. In the broadest sense Classical refers to music that is related mostly to the history of ...
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What is the name of a song that is overall soft, slow and/or sentimental?

The proper term seems to be "power ballad". I'm not sure if these apply to heavier genres of music as well, since as far as I've heard at least, a rock/metal ballad sounds different to a ...
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Tour not supporting a new album

Just by intuition, I would call that a tribute tour, by analogy to tribute band, which is a group that exclusively (or nearly exclusively) performs the music of a specific other group as a "tribute" ...
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What are all the standard parts of a pop song and their definitions?

The most common parts of a song are: Verse - Usually longer, more complex, more narrative, less melodic, often in a minor key or a darker mood, featuring more challenging lyrical content, usually ...
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What is the difference between original mix, extended mix, bootleg, and a radio edit in music?

An original mix is the first version released of a work. A bootleg is an unofficial version that is not sanctioned by the original creators and/or a publisher. One example of a bootleg version is ...
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The usage of the word "groove"

From the Online Etymology Dictionary it starts to take a figurative sense of "routine" in 1842. Then we have: jazz slang in the groove: "performing well (without grandstanding) in 1932 american ...
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Whats the diffrence between unplugged and acoustic

"Acoustic" as a descriptor for instruments is a retronym (like "analog" for a watch) that came into widespread use only once electric and electronic instruments were invented. It means an instrument ...
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What does it mean to go/be "on top of the beat"?

In this context Ben Folds "on top of the beat" is referring to Scott pushing the beat a little, i.e. getting a fraction ahead or rushing a bit, but it's only something you'd notice if you listen very ...
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Measure numbers proper name

These are normally called 'rehearsal numbers' or 'rehearsal figures'. You're correct: the conductor will say "from number/figure 184" or just "from 184" or even "184!". Often rehearsal letters are ...
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What is the difference between a "cover" and a "remake" of a song?

The term 'cover' in terms of commercial popular music arose to describe the origination of a particular song. Money was generated by popular songs when they were deemed suitable for commercial ...
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What makes a song an anthem?

I always thought an "anthem" was sort of like a "musical voice". The lyrics are on-point, and the music inspires courage, elation or pride. I mean, The Who's song Baba O'Riley is considered an ...
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What makes a song an anthem?

In other contexts, away from religious or national anthems, to qualify as an "anthem", it has to be one or more of the following : uplifting, strongly identified with a group or individual, great ...
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What does "classical" mean? Is Dvořák classical?

The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd ed. 1994), a one-volume reference, offers these definitions for Classical: music composed between 1750 and 1830, i. e. post-baroque and pre-romantic music of an ...
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When did musicians started to call each other motherfucker in a friendly meaning?

This isn't, strictly speaking, a musical phenomenon, although it is most familiar to many people through music. Playful, affectionate, casual and creative (and often counterintuitive) use of ...
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How does 'meter' differ from 'rhythm', in music?

Rhythm is simply a description of the position in time of and the duration of a note or group of notes (or silence if a rest). So quarter, quarter, half could be one rhythm, and half, quarter, quarter ...
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Songs which have relations or parts of other songs

The term you're looking for is probably sampling. To quote from Wikipedia, sampling is the reuse of a portion or sample of a sound recording in another recording. Samples may comprise rhythm, ...
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A recording session with Igor Stravinsky

The bar before rehearsal number nine is in 3/2 and the problem is Stravinsky can't decide whether to conduct half notes ("in three") or quarter notes ("in six"). "One bar for nothing in four" means he'...
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What is the name of a song that is overall soft, slow and/or sentimental?

As @xhienne noted, Ballad is the correct generic term for a slow, sentimental song with vocals, regardless of the genre. You then modify it with whatever genre it would otherwise be in, thus: ...
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A piece of music that is almost identical to another is called?

The term for a piece of music that imitates a specific other piece of music is a soundalike. They are generally disliked in the industry because they are considered a cheap attempt to profit off an ...
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Heavy Metal music:What does it mean when someone says that something 'sounds heavy'?

I personally don't think it has to do with distortion, down-tuning, or mixing. There is a reason classical music sounds like a range of different moods and emotions, and that same idea is often ...
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What is the difference between a LP and an EP?

EP's are either shorter than twenty-five minutes or less than four songs (not counting alternative versions of featured songs, if present).
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What is the difference between R&B and Hip Hop, and what are some (most famous) examples of these and areas of overlap?

R&B (Rhythm & Blues) is the generic name used in the United States for black-oriented music on the record charts. The same term has been used continuously since the 1940's so it has ...
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When did musicians started to call each other motherfucker in a friendly meaning?

An early and registered occurrence of this world was in 1981. Miles Davis complimenting the percussionist Mino Cinelu. The book The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991 (p90) says: In ...
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I-Catalogue Number

By an answer provided on the imslp forums, it seems to be an internal numbering, without any particular order or meaning: b) IMSLP is the authority on I-Catalog numbers, but any composer is welcome ...
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Is there a term for a "punctuating" music?

I'm thinking Sting or "Stinger" is maybe what you're looking for. The wiki article has links to related terms such as "Bumper", but I think the definition of "Sting" is closest. In practice, there ...
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What is the basic difference between artist and composer tag used in audio file?

Artist The main artist or band that played the song. This is mainly used for albums where the same artist or band plays all the songs. In the case of soundtracks or compilations, they use Various ...
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