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

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Term
Definition
Abbreviation
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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
f
fortissimo very loud
ff
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
mf
mezzo piano moderately soft
mp
misterioso mysteriously
moderato moderately e.g. Traditional Australian Waltzing Matilda; Wagner Wedding March
molto very
non troppo not too much
pianissimo very soft
pp
piano soft
p
poco a little
staccato short, quick hits. Like popcorn popping

 

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