Music Vocabulary

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accelerando
gradually growing faster
adagio
slowly, gently
allegretto
fast, but slower than allegro
allegro
fast
andante
moderately slow
a tempo
return to original tempo
cantabile
in a singing style
coda
literally "tail", the closing section of a composition or movement
con
with
crescendo
gradually growing louder
da capo
from the beginning
dal segno
from the sign
decrescendo
gradually becoming softer
diminuendo
gradually becoming softer
dolce
sweet, soft, pleasant, mild, charming
espressivo
expressive, vivid
fermata
pause
fine
end, close
forte
loud, strong
fortissimo
very loud
giocoso
playful, humorous
grave
solemn, heavy, serious
grazioso
graceful, charming, pretty
larghetto
slow, but quicker than largo
largo
extremely slow, broad
legato
smooth, connected
lento
slow
l'istesso tempo
the same tempo
maestoso
majestic, stately, grand
marcato
marked, accentuated, pronounced
mezzo
half, middle
mezzo forte
moderately loud
mezzo piano
moderately soft
moderato
at a moderate tempo
molto
very, greatly, well
morendo
dying away
mosso
rapid, animated
moto
motion, movement
niente
nothing
non
not, no
pausa
pause, rest
pesante
heavy, ponderous
pianissimo
very soft
piano
soft
piu
more
piu mosso
faster
poco
little
poco a poco
little by little
presto
very fast
rallentando
gradually becoming slower
ritardando
gradually becoming slower
rubato
irregular time
scherzo
joke, jest
senza
without, free from
sforzando
a sudden, strong accent
staccato
detached, short
stringendo
hastening, accelerating
tacet
to be silent
tempo
time, movement, rate of speed
tempo primo
the original tempo
tenuto
sustained, held
tranquillo
tranquil, quiet, peaceful, calm
tutti
all, whole
vivace
lively, vivacious
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