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a poco

a little; gradually

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a tempo

in time; generally implies a return to the original rate of speed

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accelerando

gradually faster

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adagietto

slow, but not as slow as adagio

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adagio

very slow

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agitato

agitated; rapid

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al fine

to the finish

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alla

in the style of

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allargando

gradually slower and broader

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allegretto

light and moderately quick, but not as fast as allegro

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allegro

rapid; lively

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andante

moderately slow, but moving

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andantino

generally a little quicker than andante

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animato

animated; spirited

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appassionato

intensely; passionately; with deep feeling

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brilliante

brilliantly

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cantabile

in a singing style

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chromatic

by semi-tones

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coda

the final added measures of a composition

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con anima

with animation; spirit

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con brio

with spirit; brilliantly

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con forza

with force

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con grazia

with grace

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con spirito

with spirit; brilliance

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crescendo

gradually louder

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da capo

from the beginning

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dal segno

from the sign

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decrescendo

gradually softer

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diminuendo

gradually softer

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dolce

sweetly

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energico

energetically

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etude

a study

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fermata

a hold or pause

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forte

loud

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fortissimo

very loud

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furioso

furiously

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grandioso

grand or noble style

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grave

very slow or solemn

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grazioso

gracefully

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l'istesso

the same

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larghetto

slow, but not as slow as largo

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largo

very slow

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legato

smooth and connected

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lento

very slow

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maestoso

majestically

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marcato

marked; with emphasis

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marziale

martial

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meno

less

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mezzo

medium; half

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moderato

moderately

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molto

very

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mosso

motion; movement

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non troppo

not too much

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pianissimo

very softly

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piano

softly

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poco

a little

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poco a poco

little by little

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prestissimo

very fast; more than presto

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presto

very fast

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rallentando

gradually slower

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ritardando

gradually slower

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ritenuto

a steady pace, but slower than the preceding tempo

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rubato

temporary irregularity of time, lengthening some notes at the expense of others

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segno

the sign

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sempre

always; continually

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sforzando

forced; with emphasis

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simile

the same

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soli

more than one performer in unison

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solo

a composition or passage for one performer

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sostenuto

sustained

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staccato

separated, detached style

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subito

suddenly

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tacet

silent

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tempo

time; speed

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tenuto

sustain full value

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vivace

vivacious; lively

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