Magazine article Strings

Watch the Speed Limit

Magazine article Strings

Watch the Speed Limit

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Chances are you've come across these tempo terms. But what do they really mean? Here's a lesson in musical terms that serve as speed signs and help guide you when you put bow to string. The following terms indicate both steady and changing rates of speed at various tempos, all designed to help you keep pace with your stand partner:

Adagio Slow, leisurely: a slow movement. Also adagio adagio, a. assai, and a. molto, or very slow; adagissimo, or extremely slow; and a. non molto or non tanto, or not too slow.

Allegro Lively, brisk, rapid. An allegro movement is not quite as fast as a presto. Allegro assai and a. di molto indicate very fast (usually faster than the previous movement); a. di bravura signals a technically difficult piece or passage executed swiftly and boldly; a. giusto is a movement, the rapidity of which is suited to its subject; a. risoluto summons a rapid and energetic response; and a. ma non troppo calls for fast, but not too fast. …

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