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Italian Terms for Music Students

A set of common Italian musical terms selected to assist students studying towards NCEA Level 1 achievement standard 90016.
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grave
solemn
lento
slowly
largo
broadly
larghetto
rather broadly
adagio
leisurely
andante
at a walking pace
andantino
a little faster than andante
moderato
moderately
allegretto
not as fast as allegro
allegro
fast
vivace
vivacious
presto
very fast
prestissimo
as fast as possible
accelerando
getting quicker
accel.
accelerando
stringendo
hurrying
allargando
broadening
rallentando
getting slower
rall.
rallentando
ritardando
holding back
rit.
ritardando
ritenuto
immediately slower
riten.
ritenuto
meno mosso
less movement
piu mosso
more movement
a tempo
return to the original speed
tempo primo
return to the original speed
pianissimo
very soft
pp
pianissimo
piano
soft
p
piano
mezzo piano
moderately soft
mp
mezzo piano
mezzo forte
moderately loud
mf
mezzo forte
forte
loud
f
forte
fortissimo
very loud
ff
fortissimo
fortepiano
loud, then suddenly soft
fp
fortepiano
crescendo
getting louder
cresc.
crescendo
decrescendo
getting softer
decresc.
decrescendo
diminuendo
getting softer
dim.
diminuendo
dimin.
diminuendo
sforzando
forced
sf
sforzando
sfz
sforzando
fz
forzato
forzato
forced
molto
much
assai
very
ma non troppo
but not too much
piu
more
meno
less
poco a poco
little by little
subito
suddenly
agitato
agitated
animato
animated
appassionato
passionately
ben
well
brillante
brillantly
cantabile
in a singing style
con
with
con brio
with vigour
con fuoco
with fire
con moto
with movement
con spirito
with spirit
molto vivace
very lively
allegro assai
very fast
allegro ma non troppo
fast, but not too much
più lento
more slowly
meno forte
less loud
poco a poco crescendo
getting louder little by little
subito piano
suddenly soft
deciso
decisive
divisi
divided
dolce
sweetly
doloroso
sorrowful
energico
with energy
espressivo
with expression
giocoso
playful
giusto
exact
tempo giusto
exact speed
glissando
sliding
grazioso
graceful
legato
smoothly
leggiero
lightly
maestoso
majestically
martellato
hammered
marcato
marked
mesto
sad
misterioso
mysterious
ped
sustain pedal
pedale
sustain pedal
pesante
heavily
piacevole
pleasingly
pizzicato
plucked
arco
bowed
risoluto
resolutely
rubato
at a flexible speed
scherzando
playfully
semplice
simply
sempre
always
senza
without
simile
similarly
sordino
mute
con sordini
with mutes
senza sordini
without mutes
con sord.
with mutes
sostenuto
sustained
sotto voce
softly
staccato
detached
tacet
be silent
tenuto
hold for full value
tranquillo
tranquil
tre corde
release the soft pedal
tutti
everybody
una corda
soft pedal
vivo
lively