Italian Music Terms

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Largo

Slowly and broadly.

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Andante

Slowish, at walking pace

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Moderato

At moderate speed

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Allegro

Fast

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Vivace

Lively

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Presto

Very quick

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Accelerando

Gradually speeding up

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Rallentando

Gradually slowing down

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Ritenuto

Immediately slower

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Allargando

Getting slower and broadening 

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Rubato

Literally 'robbed time', where rhythms are played freely for expressive effect

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