Dynamics

Dynamics(forte, piano, [etc.], crescendo, decrescendo)

All musical aspects relating to the relative loudness (or quietness) of music fall under the general element of dynamics. The terms used to describe dynamic levels are often in Italian (Piano, Forte etc.)

  • Other basic terms relating to dynamics are e.g.:
    • Crescendo: gradually getting louder
    • Diminuendo (or decrescendo) : gradually getting quieter
    • Accent: “punching” or “leaning into” a note harder to temporarily emphasize it
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