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Italian for Classical Music

October 9, 2007
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Even when it isn’t sung, the Italian language sounds like music, which is part of why Italian words are used to tell musicians how to play—presto, lento, adagio, forte. — from “Italian: The Language That Sings

Listen to this conversation in Morning Edition where Miles Hoffman, author of The NPR Classical Music Companion, discussed the Italian jargon of classical music. Know how to pronounce ppp (pianississimo) and fff (foretississimo). How about ppppppp? 😉

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