Dynamics and Tempo

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History of Chamber Music MUSC 200-514 Prof. Prudence McDaniel Dynamics and Tempo DYNAMICS In Italian, German, English, French and classical music of every other country, the dynamic symbols are ALWAYS in Italian. pianississimo (ppp) = very very soft pianissimo (pp) = very soft piano (p) = soft or quiet mezzo piano (mp) = moderately soft mezzo forte (mf) = moderately loud forte (f) = loud or full sound fortissimo (ff) = very loud fortississimo (fff) = very very loud issimo in Italian means very ississimo in Italian means very very TEMPO Also in Italian, these give you the character of the piece by describing the pace (tempo) and the mood. From Slowest to Fastest: Largo = Very slow and steady Grave = serious, solemn, usually used in sad pieces. Slower than Adagio Lento = slow, deliberate. Usually used as a transition between sections Adagio = slowly with great expression Andante = In tranquil or quiet time, but moving (literally “going”)
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