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A Cappella - Brillante
Callando - Dur
E - Incalzando
Lacrymosa - Non troppo
Obbligato - Ruhig
Scherzo - Sul ponticello
Tacet - Zu

Musical Terms


A

AAt, to, by
A Cappella(lit, in the church style.) Unaccompanied vocal music
Accelerando
Accel.
Gradually faster
Ad libitum
Ad lib.
At pleasure. The speed and manner of performance are left to the performer
Acciaccatura.....
AdagioSlow
AdagiettoRather slow
AdagissimoVery slow
AffrettandoHurrying, pressing onwards
AgitatoAgitated
Alla BreveFormerly stood for four minims in a bar, now more often indicates two minim beats.
AllargandoGetting slower, with an implication also of generally bigger tone.
AllegroLively, fast
AllegrettoRather lively (but less so than Allegro)
Andante(lit, walking). At a moderate pace
AndantinoAlternatively faster or slower than Andante.
AnimaSoul. Con anima, with deep feeling
AnimatoAnimated
A piacereAt pleasure
AppassionatoPassionately
AppoggiaturaA grace-note
ArcoA direction to string players to resume the use of the bow after a passage of pizzicato
Arpeggio.....
AssaiVery
A tempoIn time, i.e. resuming normal speed after a deviation
AttaccaGo on at once
 

B

B (Ger.)The note B flat. H is used for B natural.
Bemol
Bemolle
The Flat sign
Ben, BeneWell
Bewegt (Ger.)With movement
Bis (Lot.)Twice
Breit (Ger.)Broad
Bravura (con.)(With) boldness and spirit
Breve(lit, short). Originally a note of relatively short duration, but now the longest note, equal to four minims
BrillanteBrilliant
 
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