56 terms

Orchestra Terms

STUDY
PLAY
Al Fine
to the end
allargando
getting broader, therefore slower
allegramente
bright, happy
Animato
Animated, push forward
Assai
very, much
A tempo
return to normal tempo
Attaca
to begin without pause, attack suddenly
ben, bene
well, much
Brio
Spirit
Calando
Gradually diminshing
coda, codetta
Concluding section
col legno
strike the string with stick of bow
con fuocco
with fire
con sordino
with the mute
corda
string
Dal Segno (D.S)
From the sign
Divisi (div)
divided
Dolce
softly, sweetly
fermata
pause, sustain
Feroce
fierce
Forte-piano(fp)
Loud then immediately soft
Forza
Strength, vigor, force
Grave
grave, solemn
Grazioso
gracefully
Leggiero
Light, grateful
L'istesso tempo
The same tempo
Maestoso
Majestic
Meno
Less
Modo
Manner, style
Morendo
dying
Moto
Motion
Ordinaro
Ordinary, normal
Ossia
or, alternate
Pesante
Heavy
Piu
more
Piu allegro
more quickly
poco a poco
Little by little
Ponticello, sul
bow near bridge producing a glassy sound
punta, punto
point
Portamento
Carried over, smooth. Sliding between two pitches without distinguishing the inermediate tones.
Allegro vivace ed impetuoso
fast, lively and impetuous
spiccato
off the string with the bow
Lunga
to lunge, to go forward immediately
Adante misurato
a walking tempo but not too slow
poco a poco animato
little by little more lively, push forward
poco a poco accelerando
faster, little by little
allegro vivace assai con grande forza
fast and lively with great force
Piu lento
more slowly
espressivo
expressively, with expression
colla parte
to follow along freely with the voice part
un poco piu vivo
a little more lively, quickly
Rallentando colla parte
to broaden and slow with the voice part
Un poco piu animato
a little more lively, animated
molto leggiero
much lightness
piu mosso
more motion
con tutta la forza
together with force