Different Types of Tempo GRAVE: Very slow and solemn LARGO: Very slow and broad, with dignity LENTO: Very slow ADAGIO: Very slow and expressive LARGHETTO: Not as slow as LARGO, but slower than ANDANTE ANDANTE: Rather slow, but with a flowing movement ("Walking tempo") ANDANTINO: A little quicker than ANDANTE MODERATO: Moderate speed- not fast, not slow ALLEGRETTO: Light and cheerful, but not as fast as ALLEGRO ALLEGRO: "Merry", quick, lively, bright VIVO: Lively, brisk (usually with ALLEGRO, as ALLEGRO VIVO VIVACE: Vivacious, faster than ALLEGRO PRESTO: Very quick, faster than VIVACE
Expression Pianississimo ppp Very Very Soft Pianissimo pp Very Soft Piano p Soft Mezzo Piano mp Medium Soft Mezzo Forte mf Medium Loud Forte f Loud Fortissimo ff Very Loud Fortississimo fff Very Very Loud ff mf pp
An Example From Beethoven Click on the audio example below to hear Beethoven’s Ode To Joy. Can you hear the expression and change in dynamic?
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