Friday, March 4, 2011: Contest #4!
Yes, forget about the infamously overused ‘f’ words, what about the ‘A’ words? You know, those descriptions you see in programs at classical concerts. Adagio … allegro … allegrissimo … how can you keep them straight, if you’re only a listener and not a performer with years of experience?
Well, maybe this contest can help. Try matching the term on the left with the correct definition on the right.
To give you a hint, some of the words designate the speed, or tempo, at which a piece should be played. Other words describe the style in which it should be played. So for extra credit, fill in the blank before each word with either a T for tempo or an S for style.
Ready? Good luck … begin!
(Answers are at the bottom of the page.)
___1 Adagietto a in a charming, gracious way
___2 Appassionato b slowly
___3 Andante c very fast, between presto and vivacissimo
___4 Agitato d firm but not hard
___5 Allegrissimo e lovingly
___6 Allentando f moderate speed
___7 Andantino g slowing down
___8 Al dente h with spirit
___9 Allegretto i slow tempo, between largo and andante
___10 Allegro j with passion
___11 Amabile k moderate tempo, but faster than andante
___12 Animato l rather fast
___13 Amorevole m fast
___14 Adagio n agitated, hurried, or restless
1 Adagietto (T), i; slow tempo, between largo and andante
2 Appassionato (S), j; with passion
3 Andante (T), f; moderate speed
4 Agitato (S), n; agitated, hurried, or restless
5 Allegrissimo (T), c; very fast, between presto and vivacissimo
6 Allentando (T), g; slowing down
7 Andantino (T), k; moderate tempo, but faster than andante
8 Al dente (spaghetti), d; firm but not hard : – )
9 Allegretto (T), l; rather fast
10 Allegro (T), m; fast
11 Amabile (S), a; in a charming, gracious way
12 Animato (S), h; with spirit
13 Amorevole (S), e; lovingly
14 Adagio (S), b; slowly
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