X
Xylomarimba
Percussion instrument combining features of the xylophone and the marimba
Xylophone
Percussion instrument consisting of a row of wooden bars corresponding to a keyboard, played with different sorts of mallets
Y
Yellow brass
Standard alloy in the manufacture of brass instruments, consisting of roughly 70% copper and 30% zinc
Yidaki
Another name for the didjeridu
Yodel
Tyrloen singing style where the singer quickly alternates between chest voice and falsetto
Z
Zacht (Dutch)
Soft
Zählzeit (Ger)
Beat, as in beats in a bar
Zart (Ger)
Soft
Zeitlich (Ger)
In time, strict
Zeitmaß (Ger)
Tempo
Zierlich (Ger)
Graceful, elegant
Zither
Folk instrument with many regional variations. Has a box-like body, and many strings stretched over the top. Can be played by hand, with sticks or a plectrum
Zornig (Ger)
Angrily
Zu (Ger)
Too
Zunehmend (Ger)
Increasing, like crescendo