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Music Markings and Observations Alpha-poem

I was curious about how many directions we learn as musicians in other languages on a day-to-day basis, without us realising how amplified our mutli-lingual vocabulary becomes. I am no Italian or German speaker and yet I can easily translate words and phrases in both languages within a selective musical context. I used to love learning new Italian words for the viva voce (there I go again!) for my piano teacher as a child. I wondered if I could come up with a list of words or phrases that are commonly used as guidelines for playing, beginning with each letter of the English alphabet… I admit I struggled with some letters and had to choose only one word for other letters where many words came to mind. Please excuse my X and Y, I got quite stuck here! I did need to refer to my Oxford Music Dictionary for a few letters as well and in doing so, I learned some new words myself along the way, so it was all good learning. Some terms are not specifically how you would play a piece of music but what the genre or part of music played is, such as a jig, waltz and exposition.

Allegro

Bravura

Crescendo

Diminuendo

Energia

Fortissimo

Giustamente

Hemiola

Incalcando

Jig

Key signature

Legato

Maestoso

Natural

Ornaments

Pause

Quadruple time

Rallentando

Staccato

Trill

Un poco

Vivo

Waltz

eXposition

Your expression

ZΓΆgernd

Please feel free to share any words you have discovered which could enhance my list above! πŸ™‚

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