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How to read musical notes: Tempo and Volume

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Tempo and volume also play an important role in music. A song's tempo (how fast or slow it should be played) is often written at the beginning in English or Italian. Here are the common terms in both languages:

English Italian
Very slow Lento; Largo
Slow Adagio
Walking pace Andante
Medium Moderato
Fast Allegro
Lively Vivace
Very fast Presto Molto Allegro

 

Common symbols indicating volume (how loud or soft a song should be played) are as follows:

Symbol Italian English
ppp Pianississimo As soft as possible
pp Pianissimo Very soft
P Piano Soft
mp Mezzo-piano Moderately soft
m Mezzo Medium
mf Mezzo-forte Moderately loud
f Forte Loud
ff Fortissimo Very loud
fff Fortississimo As loud as possible
pf Piu forte Louder
fp Fortepiano Quickly move from loud to soft

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