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Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900$
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Clive Brown

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198161653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198161653.001.0001

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Tempo Terms

Tempo Terms

(p.336) 10 Tempo Terms
Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900

Clive Brown

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   tempo terms, adagio, larghetto, andante, andantino, maestoso, vivace, allegro, sostenuto

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