Notebook, 1993-


Andánte / Moderate

A movement in moderate time but flowing easily, gracefully. Andante literally means "going." In the 18th century it was often used as meaning "steadily," "distinctly." At present it often indicates a degree of expression and tenderness as well as a moderately slow tempo. This term is often modified both as to time and style by the addition of other words, such as:

Andáte affettuóso
Moderately, and with much pathos.

Andánte amabile.
An andante expressive of affection.

Andánte cantábile
Slowly, and in a singing and melodious style.

Andánte con móto
Moving easily, with motion or agitation.

Andánte grazióso
Moderately slow in time, and in graceful, easy style.

Andánte largo
Slow, distinct, and broadly.

Andánte maestóso
Moving rather slowly and in majestic style.

Andánte ma non troppo
Not too slow.

Andánte non troppo
Moving slowly but not too much so.

Andánte pastsorále
Moderately slow and in simple pastoral style.

Andánte più tosto allegretto
Andante, or somewhat allegretto.

Andánte quasi allegretto
An andante nearly as rapid as allegretto.

Andánte sostenuto
ery smooth and sustained.

Andantíno - A little slower than Andante is the literal meaning of Andantino, but it has become a doubtful term, and is generally used as meaning quicker than Andante. . . .

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[Elson, Louis C. Professor of Theory of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music. Elson's Music Dictionary. Boston: Oliver Ditson Co. MCMV.]



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