Simple Italian Musical Terms

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Some commonly used simple italian musical terms


 
  
Created Sep 29, 2010
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erinr

 

 
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1

accelerando

 

 

 

a gradual increase in the

speed of the music.

 

 

2

adagio

 

 

 

slowly, a speed between

andante and largo

3

allegro

 

 

 
fast
4

andante

 

 

 

walking speed, moderately slow

5

crescendo

 

 

 
gradually getting louder
6

diminuendo

 

 

 
gradually getting softer
7

dolce

 

 

 
sweetly
8

forte

 

 

 
loud; strong
9

fortissimo

 

 

 
very loud
10

grandioso

 

 

 
grandly
11

grave

 

 

 
very slow; solemn
12

lacrimoso

 

 

 
sad
13

largo

 

 

 
rather slow; stately
14

legato

 

 

 

smoothly, no break

between notes.

15

mezzoforte

 

 

 
moderately loud
16

mezzopiano

 

 

 
moderately soft
17

pianissimo

 

 

 
very soft
18

piano

 

 

 
soft
19

pizzicato

 

 

 

plucked, string players pluck the strings instead of using a bow.

20

presto

 

 

 
very fast
21

staccato

 

 

 
short, detached note
22

stringendo

 

 

 
gradually getting faster

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