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Glossary of Music Italian Terms -1

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leggiero
light, nimble, quick
grave
slow and solemn
senza
without
M.M.
metronome marking
alla, all'
in the manner of
ma
but
accellerando
becoming quicker
assai
much, very much
espressivo
expressively
e, ed
and
con
with
fortepiano, fp
loud then suddenly soft
tranquillo
quiet, tranquil
rubato
a flexible tempo
tenuto
held, sustained
sempre
always
troppo
too much
tre corde
3 strings, release the left pedal
una corda
one string, depress the left pedal
vivace
lively, brisk
piu
more
meno
less
ben, bene
well
loco
return to normal register
animato
lively, animated
brilliante
brilliant
meno mosso
less movement, slower
col, coll', colla, colle
with
con moto
with motion
quasi
almost, as if
non
not
con brio
with spirit
molto
much, very
con espressione
with expression
poco a poco
little by little
non troppo
not very
poco
little
piu mosso
more movement, faster

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