Simple Italian Musical Terms

Some Commonly Used Simple Italian Musical Terms
  
Created Sep 29, 2010
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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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