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                                 Performance directions
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You will find many kinds of instructions in your printed music that give you clues as to how it should be sung. These instructions are usually in Italian. Sometimes they are shortened versions of Italian words. Here are some general instructions:
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These instructions tell you about the character of the music:
assai (say ‘a – sigh’)
quasi (say ‘kwah – zee’)
poco a poco
prima, primo (say ‘pree – ma/moh’) seconda, secondo
sopra
sotto
simile (or sim.) (say ‘si – mi – ley’) col, colla, con
senza
non
ma non troppo
tacet (say ‘tasset’)
very
as if, almost
little by little
first
second
above
below, under
continue in the same way
with
without
not
but not too much
silent (often used to tell you not to sing in a particular section of music)
 animato (say ‘anny – mah –toh’) scherzo (say ‘skairt – soh’)
con anima
appassionato
delicato
ritmico
agitato (say ‘aji – tah – toh’) energico
tranquillo (say ‘tran – kee – loh’) dolente (say ‘do – len – tey’) triste (say ‘tris – tey’)
grave (say ‘gra – vey’)
grandioso
furioso
deciso (say ‘de – chee – zoh’)
con brio (say ‘con bree – oh’)
animated, lively
a joke or humorous piece with feeling, soul or spirit passionately
delicately
rhythmically
agitated
energetically
calmly
sadly, mournfully
sadly, sorrowfully
slow and solemn
grandly
furiously
decisively
with vigour
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