Italian Musical Terms and the Definitions in Their English Equivalents
da - by, from, for, etc. da capo - a sign at the end of a movement indicating that the player must return to the beginning.
da capo al fine return to the beginning and play to the word "fine"
dal, dalle, dalla - from the, by the, etc.
dal segno - repeat from the sign
debile weak, feeble
deciso in a bold manner
decrescendo gradually getting softer
delicato - delicately
destra the right hand
devoto - religious
di - of, with, from, etc.
difficile - difficult
dignita - grandeur
diluendo gradual dying away until no sound is left
diminuendo gradually getting softer
di molto - very much
disciolto -- skillful, dexterous
di sopra - above
disperato with desperation
divisi - separated (half the players play the upper notes, and the others play the lower notes.
dolore grief, sorrow
doppio movimento twice as fast
deritta, deritto - the right hand
due corde - two strings -- the una corda pedal is to be put half-way down
duo two, in two parts
duolo sorrow, sadness
duro harsh, rude
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