Definition: The Italian musical command moderato is an indication to play in a reasonable, moderate tempo; lit. “moderate.”
BPM of Moderato:
Different Uses for Moderato
- When used alongside other types of musical terms, such as mood commands, moderato will indicate the BPM on its own:
◊ Moderato maestoso: “Moderately and majestically” – an indication to play with dignified passion, and a moderate BPM.
- However, when used with another tempo command, moderato modifies that command’s intensity:
◊ Allegro moderato: Slightly fast