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Vocabulary 7th & 8th

Vocabulary Terms from SC All-State Band Requirements

a tempo in time; generally implies a return to the original rate of speed
accelerando gradually faster
al fine to the finish
allegretto light and moderately quick, but not as fast as allegro
allegro rapid, lively
andante moderately slow, but moving
andantino generally a little quicker than andante
animato animated; spirited
cantabile in a singing style
chromatic by semi-tones
coda the final added measures of a musical composition
con brio with spirit; brilliantly
con spirito with spirit; brilliance
crescendo gradually louder
da capo 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 majestically
marcato marked; with emphasis
marziale martial
mezzo medium; half
moderato moderately
molto very
pianissimo very softly
piano softly
poco a poco little by little
presto very fast
rallentando gradually slower
ritardando gradually slower
segno the sign
soli more than one performer in unison
solo a composition or passage for one performer
staccato separated, detached style
tacet silent
tempo time; speed
tenuto sustain full value
ten. abbreviation for tenuto
rit. abbreviation for ritardando
rall. abbreviation for rallentando
decresc. abbreviation for decrescendo
dim. abbreviation for diminuendo
cresc. abbreviation for crescendo
accel. abbreviation for accelerando
Created by: Rebekah_Hinton