Piano Theory Vocab

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a tempo

return to the original tempo

adagio

a slow tempo (slower than andante but not as slow as largo)

allegretto

a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro

andantino

A little faster than andante

cantabile

in a singing style

con pedale

with pedal

crescendo

gradually louder

da capo

from the beginning

dal segno

from the sign

decrescendo

gradually softer

diminuendo

gradually softer

dolce

sweet, gentle

fine

the end

forte

loud

fortissimo

very loud

grazioso

gracefully

larghetto

not as slow as largo

largo

very slow

legato

smoothly

lento

slow

maestoso

majestic

mano sinistra

left hand

mano destra

right hand

marcato

marked or stressed

mezzo forte

moderately loud

mezzo piano

moderately soft

moderato

at a moderate tempo

ottava

the interval of an octave

piano

soft

pianissimo

very soft

presto

very fast

prestissimo

as fast as possible

rallentando

slowing down

ritardando

slowing down gradually

staccato

sharply detached

tempo

speed at which music is performed

tempo primo

return to the original tempo

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