SCBDA List of Required Musical Terms [set 1]

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Terms and definitions. Set 1.

a poco

a little

a tempo

in: generally implies a return to original tempo

accelerando (accel.)

gradually faster

adagietto

slow, but not as slow as adagio

adagio

very slow

al fine

to the finish

alla

in the style of

allargando (allarg.)

gradually slower and broader

allegretoo

light and moderately quick, but not as fast as allegro

allegro

rapid, lively

andante

moderately slow, but moving

andantino

generally a little quicker than andante

animato

spirited

appassionato

intensely; passionately; with deep feeling

arioso

in vocal style (also see "cantabile"

assai

very (such as allegro assai - very fast)

ben

well (such as ben marcato - well marked)

brilliante

brilliantly

calando

gradually slower an softer

chromatic

by semi-tones

coda

the final added measure of a musical composition

con amore

with tenderness

con anima

with animation; spirited

con brio

with spirit; brilliantly

con forza

with force

con fuoco

with fire, energy

con grazia

with graceful style

con spirito

with spirit, brilliance

crescendo (cresc.)

gradually louder

da capo (D.C.)

from the beginning

del segno (D.S.)

from the sign

decrescendo (decresc.)

gradually softer

diminuendo (dim.)

gradually softer

dolce

sweetly

energico

energetically

etude

a study

fermata

a hold or pause

forte (f)

loud

fortissimo (ff)

very loud

forzando (fz)

forcefully accented

furioso

furiously

giocoso

joyfully

grandioso

grand or noble style

grave

very slow and solemn

grazioso

gracefully

l'istesso

the same (such as l'istesso tempo - the same tempo)

larghetto

slow, but not as slow as largo

larghissimo

very slow; more so than largo

largo

very slow

legato

smooth and connected

leggierro

lightly

lento

very slow

maestoso

majestically

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