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Musical Tempos or Musical Speeds

  1. Larghissimo - as slow as possible
  2. Largo - very slow and solemn
  3. Larghetto - slightly less slow




  4. Lento - slow
  5. Adagissimo - very slow
  6. Adagio - slow
  7. Adagietto - slightly faster
  8. Andante - moderately slow
  9. Moderato - at a brisk walking pace
  10. Allegreto -
  11. Allegretto - fairly lively
  12. Allegramente - lightly
  13. Allegro - lively, fast (the Italain word for cheerful)
  14. Vivace - fast
  15. Vivacissimo - very quickly
  16. Presto - very fast
  17. Prestissimo - extremely fast



Musical Terms

  1. Agitato - agitated or excited
  2. Brillante - sparkling or brilliant
  3. Brio - with spirit or vigour
  4. Coda - the tail end of a piece of music
  5. Crescendo - graudal increase in volume
  6. Da Capo - go back to the beginning (Italian for 'from the beginning')
  7. Dolce - sweet, soft and gentle
  8. Dolente - sad
  9. Forte - loud or strong
  10. Fortissimo - very loud
  11. Grave - slow and serious
  12. Legatto - smooth and evenly (Italian for 'joined')
  13. Libretto - the text of an opera (Italian for'little book')
  14. Mezzo - Italian for 'half'
  15. Molto - much or very
  16. Pianissimo - very soft
  17. Piano - soft
  18. Pizzicato - a direction to pluck the strings, rather than using the bow to create sound (Italian: 'plucked')
  19. Ritenuto - slowing in tempo
  20. Scherzo - lively
  21. Sotto voce - Quiet and subdued
  22. Tutti - all the players