1. Home
Send to a Friend via Email

Italian Musical Terms

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Z | View All

   ▪ Articulation Terms                 ▪ Beginner Piano Terms
   ▪ Dynamics Terms                   ▪ Italian Musical Terms
   ▪ Expression & Mood Terms          ▪ French Musical Terms
   ▪ Tempo Terms                       ▪ German Musical Terms

con delicatezza
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and synonyms of the Italian musical phrase 'con delicatezza.'

8va

8vb

15ma

15mb

a piacere

a tempo

a tempo di menuetto

al coda

al fine

al niente

(accel.) accelerando

accentato

accompagnato

adagietto

adagio

adagissimo

affettuoso

affrettando

agile

agitato

alla breve

alla marcia

(allarg.) allargando

allegretto

allegretto appassionata

allegrissimo

allegro

allegro moderato
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'allegro moderato.'

alterazione
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "alterazione."

amoroso

andante

andante moderato
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'andante moderato.'

andantino

animato

arpeggiato

arpeggio

assai
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "assai," and see how it's used in piano music.

attacca

bemolle
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "bemolle."

bequadro
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "bequadro."

brillante

brio

brioso

bruscamente

calando

capo

coda
A coda is a musical symbol made with an oval and oversized crosshairs. The Italian musical command "al coda" (paired with D.S. or D.C.) is part of a system of complex musical repeats, and is an indication to jump to the next coda sign. Learn the difference between "capo" and "coda," and learn how and where the symbol is used in piano music.

come prima

con affetto

con amore

con brio

con espressione

concertino

concerto

concerto grosso

(cresc.) crescendo

D.C. al coda

D.C. al fine

D.S. al coda

D.S. al fine

da capo

dal niente

dal segno

decrescendo

diesis
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "diesis."

(dim.) diminuendo

dolce

dolcissimo

doppio bemolle
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term 'doppio bemolle.'

doppio diesis
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term 'doppio diesis.'

espressivo

estinto

fermata
A fermata is a very common symbol in piano music, and one of the first you will learn. A fermata, or bird's eye, affects articulation. Learn the meaning of the Italian musical term "fermata," and see how it's marked in piano music.

fine

(f) forte

(fp) fortepiano

(ff) fortissimo

(fff) fortississimo

grave

largamente

larghetto
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'larghetto.'

larghissimo
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'larghissimo.'

largo

largo assai
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'largo assai.'

legato

lentissimo

lento

lento assai
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'lento assai.'

loco

(M.D.) mano destra

(M.S.) mano sinistra

maestoso

meno
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "meno," and see how it's used in piano music.

(mf) mezzo forte

(mp) mezzo piano

misterioso
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "misterioso," and see how it's used in piano music.

moderato

molto
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "molto," and see how it's used in piano music.

molto allegro
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'molto allegro.'

morendo

non troppo

ottava

pastorale

(pp) pianissimo

(ppp) pianississimo

(p) piano

più
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "più," and see how it's used in piano music.

poco a poco

prestissimo
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'prestissimo.'

presto

(rall.) rallentando

rapidamente
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'rapidamente.'

(rfz) rinforzando

(rit.) ritardando

(riten.) ritenuto

rubato

scherzando
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "scherzando" (or "scherzosamente") and see how it's used in piano music.

segno

semitono
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "semitono," and see how it's used in piano music.

sempre
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term "sempre," and see how it's used in piano music.

(sfz) sforzando

(smorz.) smorzando

staccatissimo
The Italian musical term "staccatissimo" is a superlative of staccato, and is a symbol affecting articulation. Staccatissimo is often written using note accents, but can be indicated using the term itself. Learn the meaning and pronunciation of staccatissimo, and see how it's written in piano music.

staccato

subito

tempo

quindicesima

tempo giusto
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical phrase "tempo giusto," and see how it's used in piano music.

quindicesima bassa

tempo primo

tranquillamente
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'tranquillamente.'

tranquillo

vivace

vivacissimo
Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'vivacissimo.'

leggiero
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical command 'leggiero.'

leggermente
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical command 'leggermente.'

leggerissimo
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical command 'leggerissimo.'

grave
The Italian musical term "grave" is pronounced "graah-vay." Learn the meaning, BPM, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian tempo command 'grave.'

solfeggio
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term 'solfeggio.'

pausa
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & synonyms of the Italian musical term 'pausa.'

tagli addizionali
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & synonyms of the Italian musical symbol 'tagli addizionali.'

accordo
Learn the meaning, pronunciation and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term 'accordo.'

nota punteggiata
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term 'nota punteggiata.'

punto di valore
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical phrase 'punto di valore.'

doloroso
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term 'doloroso.'

con dolore
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical phrase 'con dolore.'

marcatissimo
Learn the meaning, pronunciation & synonyms of the Italian musical command 'marcatissimo.'

marcato
The marcato note accent is one of the most commonly encountered in sheet music. Learn the meaning, pronunciation & synonyms of the Italian musical command 'marcato.'

dolcemente
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical term 'dolcemente.'

fuocoso
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical command 'fuocoso.'

(fz) forzando
Learn the meaning, pronunciation, and multilingual synonyms of the Italian musical command 'forzando.'

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.