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

Musical Terms


 

C

CalandoDecreasing both tone and speed
CantabileIn a singing style
CantilenaShort, song-like piece
Capo(lit, head). The beginning (da capo-from the beginning)
CapriccioA caprice (a piece in free-light-hearted style)
Coda(lit, a tail.) A passage added at the end of a movement to make a satisfactory finish
Col, coll',
colla, cob
With the
Col legnoA direction to string players to use the wood of the bow
Colla parte(lit, with the solo part.) A direction to the accompanist
Colla voce(lit, with the voice.) To follow the solo instrument or voice
ComeAs
Come primaAs at first
Come sopraAs above
ComodoConvenient (usually linked with tempo-at a convenient pace)
ConWith
Con sordino
con sordini
With the mute, with the mutes
Contra FagottoDouble Bassoon
CordaA string. See una corda, tre corde
Crescendo
Cresc.
Becoming gradually louder
 

D

DaFrom
Da capo
D.C.
From the beginning
Dal segno
D.S.
From the sign
DecisoDecisively, firmly
Decrescendo
Decresc.
Becoming gradually softer
DelicatoDelicate
Diese (Fr.) The sharp sign
Diminuendo
Dim.
Becoming gradually softer
Divisi
Div.
A direction to orchestral players (usually strings) to divide into two or more groups
DolceTenderly, sweetly
Dolcissimo
Dolciss.
Very gently, very sweetly
DolenteSadly
DoloreGrief, sorrow
DoppioDouble
Doppio movimentoTwice as fast
DuoA duet
Dur (Ger.)Major (C dur: G major)
 
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