How to Read Music: Dynamic Markings

Dynamics are a huge component of the expressive power of music, making key contributions to establishing moods and expectations. Dynamic markings are used to express how loudly or softly to play.

Piano & Forte

The two most commonly-used dynamic indications are “piano” and “forte” and their variations…

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Some piano trivia: The indications “piano” and “forte” are the namesakes of the piano, which was invented in the early 1700s in Florence by an Italian named Bartolomeo Cristofori. The name piano is a shortened version of its original Italian name: piano-forte (literally “soft-loud”). The ability to play soft and loud required a mechanical action of revolutionary complexity and was a major advance in design at the time.


Crescendo & Diminuendo

Gradual increases and decreases in volume are indicated with diverging or converging lines, respectively…

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About Frank J Peter

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!
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