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Italian Musical Terms

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a
at; to; by; for; in
a capella
unaccompanied
a piacere
at pleasure
accelerando
gradually getting faster
accento
accented; emphasised
ad libitum
at choice; freely
adagietto
rather slow
adagio
slowly
affabile
friendly
affettuoso
tenderly
affrettando
hurrying
agitato
agitated; restless
al; alla
in the manner of
alla breve
with a minim beat
allargando
broadening
allegretto
fairly quick
allegro
fast
alt
high
amabile
amiable; pleasant
amore
love
andante
walking speed
andantino
like walking speed
anima
soul; spirit
animando
becoming more lively
animato
animated; lively
appassionato
with passion
arco
with the bow
arioso
like an aria
assai
very
attacca
go straight on
ben
well
bis
twice
bravura
skill; brilliance
brio
vigour
calando
getting softer; dying away
cantabile
in a singing style
cantando
singing
capriccioso
in a whimsical or fanciful style
col; colla; colle
with
come
as; similar to
comodo
convenient
con
with
crescendo
gradually getting louder
da capo
from the beginning
dal segno
from the sign
deciso
with determination
decrescendo
gradually getting softer
delicato
delicate
diminuendo
gradually getting softer
dolce
sweetly
dolente
sad; mournful
dolore
grief
doloroso
sorrowful
doppio movimento
twice as fast
e; ed
and
energico
energetic
espressivo
expressive
estinto
as soft as possible
facile
easy
felice
happy
fermata
pause
feroce
fierce
fine
the end
flessibile
flexible
forte
loud; strong
fortepiano
loud then immediately soft
fortissimo
very loud
forza
force
fretta
haste
fuoco
fire
furioso
furious
giocoso
playful; humerous
giojoso
joyful; merry
giusto
proper; exact
grandioso
grandly
grave
very slow; solemn
grazioso
graceful
impetuoso
impetuous
incalzando
getting quicker
inquieto
restless
in relievo
prominent
lacrimoso
sad
largamente
broadly
larghetto
rather slow
largo
rather slow; stately
legato
smoothly
leggiero
light; nimble
lento
slow
liberamente
freely
l'istesso
the same
loco
at the normal pitch
lugubre
mournful
lunga
long
lusigando
coaxing
ma
but
maestoso
majestic
mancando
fading away
marcato
emphatic; accented
marziale
in a military style
meno
less
mesto
sad
mezzoforte
moderately loud
mezzopiano
moderately soft
misterioso
mysterious
misura
measure
moderato
moderate speed
molto
very; much
morendo
dying away
mosso
movement
moto
movement
niente
nothing
nobilmente
nobly
non
not
nuovo
new
obbligato
obligatory
ossia
or; alternatively
ostinato
persistent
parlando
speaking
patetico
with deep feeling
pausa
pause
per
by; for; to
perdendosi
dying away
pesante
heavy
piacevole
pleasant
piangevole
plaintive
pianissimo
very soft
piano
soft
più
more
pizzicato
plucked
placido
calm; peaceful
pochettino
rather little
poco
a little
possible
possible
precipitando
rushing; headlong
presto
very fast
prima
first
quasi
as if; resembling
rallentando
gradually getting slower
rigoroso
strict
rinforzando
reinforcing
risoluto
bold; strong
ritardando
gradually getting slower
ritenuto
held back
ritmico
rhythmically
rubato
with some freedom of time
scherzando
playful; joking
scherzo
joke; jest
seconda
second
semplice
simple; plain
sempre
always
senza
without
segue
go straight on
sforzando
forced; accented
simile
in the same way
slargando
getting slower
slancio
enthusiasm
smorzando
dying away
soave
gentle; smooth
solenne
solemn; grave
sonoro
resonant; with rich tone
sopra
above
sospirando
sighing
sostenuto
sustained
sotto
below
spirito
spirited
spiritoso
spirited
staccato
detached
strepitoso
noisy; boisterous
stretto
quickening the speed
stringendo
gradually getting faster
subito
suddenly
tacet
silent
tanto
so much
tempo
speed
teneramente
tenderly
tenuto
held
tosto
swift; rapid
tranquillo
calm
trionfale
triumphant
triste
sad; sorrowful
troppo
too much
tutti
all; everyone
veloce
swift
vigoroso
vigorous; strong
vivace
lively
vivo
lively
voce
voice
volante
flying; fast
volta
time
volti subito
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