Simple Italian Musical Terms

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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