Musical terms level 1


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Introduction

Here's a complete list of the terms, with definitions, that you should know at this level.

Musical terms

You will need to be familiar with all of these terms at this level. In an exam, you will need to give the exact definition or give the exact spelling, so take care to learn them accurately! Some useful learning tips are given in Learning musical terms.

List of terms

TermMeaning
accelerando
accel.
gradually getting quicker
adagioslow
allegrettofairly quick (but not as quick as allegro)
allegroquick (literally "cheerful")
andanteat a medium ("walking") speed
cantabilein a singing style
crescendo
cresc.
gradually getting louder
da capo
D.C.
repeat from the beginning
dal segno
D.S.
repeat from the sign
decrescendo
decresc.
gradually getting quieter
diminuendo
dim.
gradually getting quieter
finethe end
f
forte
loud
ff
fortissimo
very loud
legatosmoothly
lentoslow
mezzohalf
mf
mezzo forte
moderately loud ("half loud")
mp
mezzo piano
moderately quiet ("half quiet")
moderatomoderately (allegro moderato: moderately quick)
p
piano
quiet
pp
pianissimo
very quiet
pocoa little
rallentando
rall.
gradually getting slower
ritardando
ritard.
rit.
gradually getting slower
ritenuto
riten.
rit.
held back, slower (immediately, not gradually)
staccato
stacc.
detached
tempospeed, time

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