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Glossary of PHS Symphonic Band Music Terms

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Legato
smooth
Sostenuto (sost.)
sustained
Espressivo
expressively
Marcato
marked/stressed
a2 (or a3, a4)
all parts together
Decrescendo
gradually get softer
Crescendo
gradually get louder
Led.
pedal [length]
l.v.
let vibrate
Cantabile (cant.)
singing style, lyrical
Loco
return to normal
Ritard (rit.)
slow down
Poco
little
a tempo
to tempo
Molto
much/very
Andante
moderately slow
Maestoso
with dignity
Divisi (div.)
divided
Subito
suddenly
Rallentando (rall.)
slow down
Diminuendo (dim.)
gradually get softer
Allegro
fast, lively tempo
Spiritoso
spirited
con
with
e
and
Simile
similarly
Adagio
slow tempo
Sordino (sord.)
mute
Tenuto (ten.)
held
Agitato
excited, restless
Meno
less
Mosso
moved
Piu
more
Variazione
variation
L'istesso tempo
at the same tempo

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