Posted by: tammyspianostudio | October 28, 2010

What’s your favorite…

musical Italian term and why? This list might spur your thoughts.

My #1 choice today is ‘Espressivo‘ which looks and sounds like the English word ‘Expressive’.  Although a difficult term to fully describe, the Italian term means to play expressively, to convey the mood of the piece by putting your own personal slight spin on articulation and dynamics, to express your own feelings through the music.  Sometimes the word ‘espressivo‘ is written directly in the composition, meaning there is something specific to play expressively and with feeling and to avoid playing crass.  In general, however, pianists should play expressively throughout the entire piece even when ‘espressivo‘ is not written anywhere in the composition.

Do you have something to say about the musical term ‘espressivo‘ specifically?  How does playing ‘espressivo‘ in a particular passage differ from playing a piece expressively overall?  I would love to hear your comments.

If I had to pick my favorite word overall in life, it would be ‘floccinaucinihilipilification‘ just because it is a really long rare word.  It is a noun that means to judge something as worthless or trivial. “When most people hear the word ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’, they consider it to be a worthless word.  This instance would be, in itself, a floccinaucinihilipilification.”


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