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Elements of Music Notation : Tone
by Elaine Ernst Schneider and Joanne Mikola
October 11,  2001

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agitato played with restlessness
con amore tenderly, lovingly
con fuoco fiery
con passione passionately
crescendo gradually grow louder see > in line 17 Verdi La Donna e Mobile
decrescendo gradually grow softer
diminuendo gradually grow softer
dolce sweetly
dolente sadly
dynamics loudness or softness when playing
espressivo expressively e.g.Traditional Irish Danny Boy
forte loud
fortissimo very loud
gioioso joyous
legato smooth and connected  [Pachebal; Canon]
maestoso majestic e.g.Mozart; Wedding March (Marriage of Figaro)
meno less
mesto sad
mezzo forte moderately loud
mezzo piano moderately soft
misterioso mysteriously
moderato moderately e.g. Traditional Australian Waltzing Matilda; Wagner Wedding March
molto very
non troppo not too much
pianissimo very soft
piano soft
poco a little
staccato short, quick hits. Like popcorn popping


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