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Simple Italian Musical Terms


Some Commonly Used Simple Italian Musical Terms
  
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accelerando
 

a gradual increase in the
speed of the music.

adagio
 

slowly, a speed between
andante and largo

allegro
 
fast

andante
 

walking speed, moderately slow

crescendo
 
gradually getting louder

diminuendo
 
gradually getting softer

dolce
 
sweetly

forte
 
loud; strong

fortissimo
 
very loud

grandioso
 
grandly

grave
 
very slow; solemn

lacrimoso
 
sad

largo
 
rather slow; stately

legato
 

smoothly, no break
between notes.

mezzoforte
 
moderately loud

mezzopiano
 
moderately soft

pianissimo
 
very soft

piano
 
soft

pizzicato
 

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

presto
 
very fast

staccato
 
short, detached note

stringendo
 
gradually getting faster

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