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

Musical Terms


 

L

Lacrimoso(lit, tearfully.) Sadly
LamentosoMournfully
Langsam (Ger.) Slow
LargamenteBroadly
LarghettoLess slow than largo
LargoSlow and stately
Lebbaft (Ger.)Lively
LegatoSmooth
LegatissimoAs smoothly as possible
LeggieroLight, delicate
Legno See col legno
Lent (Fr.)Slow
LentoSlow
L.H. (Eng.)Left hand
Lied (Ger.)Song
Lieder ohne Worte (Ger.)Songs without words (Mendelssohn)
L'istesso tempo(lit, the same speed.) The speed of the beat remains the same although the notation changes
Loco(lit, place.) Notes are to be played at their normal pitch (after an indication to play them an octave higher or lower)
LontanoAs from a distance
Lunga pausaA long pause
LusingandoIn a coaxing style
 

M

MaBut
Ma non troppoBut not too much
MaestosoMajestically
MancandoWaning, dying away
Main droite (Fr.)
Mano destra
M.D.
The right hand
Main gauche (Fr.)
Mano sinistra
M.G. or M.S.
The left hand
MarcatoMarked, accented
MarciaA march
MartellatoHammered out
Marziale Martial
Massig (Ger.)Moderate
MenoLess
Meno mosso Less movement, slower at once
MestoSadly
Mezza voce(lit, half voice.) In an undertone
Mezzo forte
mf
Moderately loud
Mezzo Piano Moderately soft
MisteriosoMysterious
Misura (lit. measure.) Senza misura - in free time
Mit (Ger.)With
ModeratoModerate time
Moll (Ger.)Minor
Molto Much. Di molto, very much
MorendoDying away
MossoMoved, movement
Moto
Movimento
Movement. Doppio movimento, twice as fast
MS. (Eng.)Manuscript
Muta Change, e.g. Muta D in C is a direction to the Timpani player in the orchestra to tune the drum previously in D, to C
 

N

Nicht (Ger.)Not
NobilmenteNobly. A term much used by Elgar
NonNot
Non tantoNot so much
Non troppoNot too much
 
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