Musical Obligatoes

Frank Carmickle frankiec at
Wed Apr 10 08:01:26 EDT 2002

21st Century Tempo Markings and other Musical Atrocities

Adagio formaggio: To play in a slow and cheesy manner.

Al dente con tableau: In opera, chew the scenery.

AnDante: A musical composition that is infernally slow.

Angus Dei: A divine, beefy tone.

Antiphonal: Referring to the prohibition of cell phones in the concert

A patella: Unaccompanied knee-slapping.

Appologgiatura: An ornament you regret after playing it.

Approximatura: A series of notes played by a performer and not intended by
the composer, especially when disguised with an air of "I meant to do

Approximento: A musical entrance that is somewhat close to the correct

Bar line: What musicians form after a concert.

Basso continuo: The act of game fishing after the legal season has

Basso profundo: An opera about deep sea fishing.

Vesuvioso: A gradual buildup to a fiery conclusion.

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