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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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.
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presto    
 
very fast
21
staccato    
 
short, detached note
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stringendo    
 
gradually getting faster

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