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TERMS RELATED TO SPEED


SpeedDefinitionMetronome beats per minute
graveVery Slow - as slow as possible 30 to 50
largoSlow but not as sombre as Grave 40 to 60
lentoSlow 60 to 70
adagioSlowly in a Leisurely manner 66 to 76
andanteSlow but still moving along 76 to 108
moderatoModerate Speed 108 to 120
allegroModerately Fast and Lively 120 to 168
vivaceFast and Lively 168 to 200
prestoVery Fast - as fast as possible 200 to 208



MODIFICATIONS OF SPEED

SpeedDefinitionDescription
accelerando( accel. ) Gradually becoming Faster
rallentando( rall. ) Gradually becoming Slower
ritardando( ritard. ) Gradually becoming Slower
ritenuto ( rit. ) Immediately Slower



OTHER TERMS RELATED TO SPEED

TermDescription
a tempo Return to Speed
adagissimo Extremely Slow
ad lib At Liberty to Vary From Strict Tempo
vivo Lively
troppo Too Much
piu More
mosso Movement
meno Less
meno mosso With Less Motion
piu mosso More Motion
tempo giusto At a Constant Speed
listesso tempo At the Same Speed