Tempo

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Tempo describes the speed of music - from adagio to allegro and plenty in-between - these are mostly Italian terms:

  • Grave - very slow
  • Largo - broadly (slowly)
  • Lento - slowly
  • Adagio - slowly with great expression
  • Andante - walking pace
  • Moderato - moderately
  • Allegretto - fairly fast
  • Allegro - fast, quick
  • Vivace - lively and fast
  • Presto - very very fast

There's also terms for speed changes: accelerando / accel. = speed up & ritardando / rit. = slow down.

Also see time signatures.


Read more: Wikipedia