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Glossary of a tempo

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a tempo
in time returns to original rate of speed
accelerando
gradully faster
al fine
to the finish
allegretto
light and moderaly quick
allegro
rapid lively
andante
moderately slow
andantino
generally a little quicker than andante
animato
spirited
cantabile
in singing style
chromaticq
in semitones
coda
the final added measures of a musical compositon marked with coda sign
con brio
with spirit, briiantly
con spirito
with spirit
cresendo
gradually louder
da capo
dc from the beginning
dal segno
from the sign
decrescendo
gradually softer
diminuendo
gradually softer
dolce
sweetly
etude
a study
fermata
a hold or pause
forte
loud
fortissimo
very loud
grazioso
gracefully
largo
very slow
legato
smooth and connected
maestoso
majesticly
marcato
marked
marziale
martial
mezo
medium, half
moderato
moderate
molto
very
pianissimo
pp very softly
piano
p softly
poco a poco
little by little
presto
very fast
rallentando
gradually slower
ritardando
gradually slower
segno
the sign
solo
a compositon for one performer
soli
more than one performer in unison
staccato
separated, detached
tacat
time. speed
tenuto
sustain full value

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