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Sola, Cyrene D.

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Tempo Marks
1. Adagietto rather slow
2. Adagio slow and stately (literally, "at ease")
3. Adagissimo very, very slow
4. Agitato hurried, restless
5. Allegramente quicker
6. Allegretto grazioso moderately fast and gracefully
7. Allegretto moderately fast (but less so than allegro)
8. Allegrissimo very fast (though slower than presto)
9. Allegro fast and bright or "march tempo"
10.Allegro appassionato fast and passionately
11.Allegro ma non troppo fast but not too much
12.Allegro moderato moderately quick
13.Andante at a walking pace
14.Andante Moderato a bit faster than andante
15.Andantino slightly faster than andante
16.Grave slow and solemn
17.Largamente very, very, very slow
18.Larghetto rather broadly
19.Larghissimo very, very slow
20.Largo very slow, like lento
21.Lentamente slowly
22.Lentissimo extremely slow, but not as slow as larghissimo
23.Lento very slow
24.Lento assai even more slowly than lento
25.Lento Moderato moderately slow
26.Moderato moderately
27.Moderato espressivo moderately with expression
28.Prestissimo extremely fast
29.Presto very fast
30.Rapido rapidly
31.veloce with velocity, speedily
32.Vivace lively and fast
33.Vivacissimo very quick, faster than vivace
34.Vivo lively and fast

Modifiers
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accentato accented; with emphasis


assai very (e.g. Adagio assai)
cantabile in singing style (lyrical and flowing)
con with (e.g. Andante con moto, "at a walking pace with motion")
l'istesso tempo at the same speed
ma non troppo but not too much

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marcato marching tempo, marked with emphasis


meno less, as in meno presto
molto much, very (such as Molto allegro)
non tanto not so much
non troppo not too much (such as Allegro ma non troppo, "fast but not too much")
obbligato required, indispensable
pi more, as in pi allegro; used as a relative indication when the tempo changes
poco a little (such as Poco allegro)
poco a poco little by little
quasi as if (such as Pi allegro quasi presto, "faster, as if presto")
semplice simply
senza without
sotto voce in an undertone i.e. quietly
tempo comodo at a comfortable (normal) speed
tempo di... the speed of a ... such as Tempo di valse (speed of a waltz), Tempo di
marcia (speed of a march))
22. tempo giusto at a consistent speed, at the 'right' speed
23. tempo primo indicates a return to the movement's or songs original speed
24. tempo semplice simple, regular speed, plainly
Mood markings
Mood markings are often used in conjunction with tempo indications:
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accarezzvole expressive and caressing


acceso ignited, on fire
affannato or affannoso anguished
affettuoso or affettuosamente with affect (that is, with feeling/emotion)
agitato agitated, with implied quickness
animato animated, lively
appassionato to play passionately
brioso vigorously (same as con brio)
bruscamente brusquely
con affetto with affect (that is, with emotion)
con amore or (in Spanish and sometimes in Italian) con amor: with love, tenderly
con bravura boldly
con brio lively, literally, "with brilliance"
con calore warmly
con dolore with sadness
con fuoco with fire
con gran espressione with great expression
con molto espressione with much expression
con moto with motion
con slancio with enthusiasm
dolce sweetly
espressivo expressively
furioso to play in an angry or furious manner
giocoso merrily, funny
lacrimoso tearfully, sadly
lamentando or lamentoso lamenting, mournfully
leggiero to play lightly, or with light touch
lububre lububrious, mournful

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luminoso luminously
maestoso majestic or stately (which generally indicates a solemn, slow movement)
misterioso mysterious
morendo dying
pesante heavily
sautill/ saltando jumpy, fast, and short
scherzando or, scherzoso playfully
soave smoothly, gently
sognando dreamily
solenne solemn
sonore sonorous
sostenuto sustained, sometimes with a slackening of tempo
spiccato slow sautill, with a bouncy manner
tranquillamente adverb of tranquillo, "tranquilly"
tranquillo tranquil
vivacissimamente adverb of vivacissimo, "very quickly and lively"
vivacissimo very fast and lively

French Tempo Markings


Common tempo markings in French are:
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Au mouvement play the (first or main) tempo.


Grave slowly and solemnly
Lent slowly
Modr at a moderate tempo
Moins less, as in Moins vite (less fast)
Rapide fast
Trs very, as in Trs vif (very lively)
Vif lively
Vite fast

German Tempo Markings


Common German tempo markings are:
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Langsam slowly
Lebhaft lively (mood)
Mig moderately
Rasch quickly
Schnell fast

Source: http://www.goodwinshighend.com/music/classical/tempo_glossary.htm