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Glossary of Music: Italian Terms, Grade 1

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adagio
slow
allegretto
fairly quick (not as quick as allegro)
allegro
quick
andante
medium (walking) speed
cantabile
in a singing style
crescendo
gradually getting louder
da capo (D.C.)
repeat from beginning
dal segno (D.S.)
repeat from sign
decrescendo
gradually getting quieter
diminuendo
gradually getting quieter
fine
the end
forte
loud
fortissimo
very loud
legato
smoothly
lento
slow
mezzo
half
mezzo forte
moderately loud
mezzo piano
moderately quiet

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