The most common dynamic markings in music are FORTE and PIANO. These are Italian words meaning to play loud (forte) or soft (piano).
The abbreviation CRESC. in the table below stands for crescendo. This means gradually getting louder. This musical expression marking creates energy or excitement when added to a musical passage.
The abbreviation DECRESC. stands for decrescendo. It means gradually getting softer. This musical symbol expression creates a calming effect to quiet the emotions.
Dynamics and musical expression create emotion. These elements of music truly show the artistry of a performer. Therefore, the more skilled musicians convey emotion. Now you know how to play more musically.
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Dynamic Markings in Music
Find the softer versions of loudness or softness below. Then use these dynamic markings in music symbols to create emotion.
Mezzo Piano Marking in Music
The dynamic marking mp means to play medium softly. Mezzo Piano Marking in music means medium soft.
Mezzo Forte Marking in Music
The dynamic marking mf means to play medium loudly. Mezzo Forte Marking in music means medium soft.
Fortissimo and Pianissimo Markings in Music
Next, learn even softer variations of f and p as follows.
- pp pronounced pianissimo means very soft.
- ƒƒ pronounced fortissimo means very loud.
- ppp means pianisisimo. It means to play as soft as possible.
- ƒƒƒ is pronounced fortissisimo. It means to play as loud as possible.
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