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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

Also Known As: Pronunciation: moh'-dair-AH-toh

BPM also seen as: 88-112

Musical Symbols: More Musical Terms:

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