What’s the correct way of referring to movements with multiple tempo indications?

Asked by: James Messaoudi

What tempo indication would you use to denote a very slow tempo?

Grave – very slow (25–45 bpm) Largo – slow and broad (40–60 bpm) Lento – slow (45–60 bpm) Larghetto – rather slow and broad (60–66 bpm)

How do you read tempo markings?

Tempo markings are indicated in beats per minute; that is why 60 BPM is the same speed as seconds. Lower numbers mean the song is sung slower, and higher numbers mean the tempo is faster. When numbers are used to indicate tempo, it will look like the picture to the right.

What are the different tempo markings?

Rubato – free adjustment of (slowing) the tempo for an expressive purpose. Stringendo – pressing on faster, literally “tightening” Tardando – slowing down gradually (same as ritardando) Tempo Giusto – very strict tempo.

What is tempo marking at walking pace?


Andante – at a walking pace (73–77 BPM) Moderato – moderately (86–97 BPM) Allegretto – moderately fast (98–109 BPM) Allegro – fast, quickly and bright (109–132 BPM)

Which tempo marks means to gradually change to a faster tempo?

This will be clearly marked in the music using one of the following terms: accelerando – gradually getting faster. rallentando – gradually getting slower. ritardando – gradually getting slower.

Which term refers to a tempo?

Definition of tempo
1 : the rate of speed of a musical piece or passage indicated by one of a series of directions (such as largo, presto, or allegro) and often by an exact metronome marking. 2 : rate of motion or activity : pace.

How do you measure tempo?

Thus, the tempo determines the performance speed of the music. So when you count how many beats are in one minute of a song played at a specific tempo, you can quickly determine the Beats Per Minute or BPM. And if you’re pressed for time, count the beats in 15 seconds of music, and then multiply that number by 4.

What are examples of tempo?

“Beats per minute” (or BPM) is self-explanatory: it indicates the number of beats in one minute. For instance, a tempo notated as 60 BPM would mean that a beat sounds exactly once per second. A 120 BPM tempo would be twice as fast, with two beats per second.

How are verbal tempo indications used in music?

A tempo marking that is a word or phrase gives you the composer’s idea of how fast the music should feel.

Which set of tempo markings is arranged in order from faster to slower?

Name all 7 tempo marking terms, in order from slowest to fastest. Largo, Adagio, Andante, Moderato, Allegro, Vivace, and Presto.

What is the order of tempos from slowest to fastest?

Terms in this set (9)

  • largo. very slow.
  • adagio. slow.
  • andante. moderately slow.
  • moderato. medium.
  • allegretto. moderately fast.
  • allegro. fast.
  • vivace. lively.
  • presto. very fast.

Which is the slowest tempo indication?

From slowest to fastest:

  • Larghissimo – very, very slow (24 BPM and under)
  • Grave – slow and solemn (25–45 BPM)
  • Lento – very slow (40–60 BPM)
  • Largo – slowly (45–50 BPM)
  • Larghetto – quite broadly (60–69 BPM)
  • Adagio – slow and stately (66–76 BPM)
  • Adagietto – quite slow (72–76 BPM)
  • Andante – at a walking pace (76–108 BPM)