This chapter examines tempo terms in detail. Different traditions of using such terms are investigated, and divergent uses of the same term are highlighted. Among the terms discussed — in relation to theoretical discussion and composers' usages — are grave, adagio, largo lento, larghetto, andante, andantino, moderato, maestoso, allegretto, vivace, allegro (with its various qualifiers), presto, and prestissimo. Particular uses of amoroso, sostenuto, and cantabile are also considered.
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