Dynamics in Music

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Dynamics in Music - Definition
Dynamic marks in music tell the musician how loud or soft the music should be played. For instrumental parts the dynamic marks are placed under a note beneath the musical stave. For a vocal or singing part the dynamic mark is placed above a note on top of the musical stave Signs of expression that relate to dynamics in music date back at least as far as the year 1000 A.D. Modern terms used for this purpose did not appear until some years after the invention of opera, the date given by C.F.A. Williams in Grove's Dictionary being 1638. These words and signs of expression were at first used only in connection with instrumental music, but were also gradually applied to vocal music.

Dynamics in Music - Tones & Scales
The term dynamics in music is related to the various degrees of power (i.e., the comparative loudness and softness) of tones. All the terms and expressions that refer to music dynamics are never absolute, they are always relative. In music notation, it is possible to specify that one measure is to be louder than another, but it is not possible to identify exactly how loud either should be. The dynamics of a music piece depend on the taste of the performer or conductor.

Dynamics in Music - Terms
The following terms refer to music dynamics:

  Dynamics in Music - Term Dynamics in Music - Meaning

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Pianisissimo (ppp) As softly as possible

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Pianissimo (pp) Very softly

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Piano (p) Softly

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Mezzo piano (mp) Medium softly

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Mezzo forte (mf) Medium loudly

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Forte (f) Loudly

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Fortissimo (ff) Very Loudly

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Fortisissimo (fff) As loudly as possible

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Con alcuna licenza With some degree of license.

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Con amore With tenderness

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Con bravura With boldness

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Con celerita With rapidity

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Con delicato With delicacy

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Con energico With energy

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Con espressione With expression

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Con forza With force

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Con fuoco With fire and passion

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Con grand' espressione With great expression.

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Con grazia With grace.

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Con melinconia With melancholy

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Con passione With passion

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Con spirito With spirit

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Con tenerezza With tenderness

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Delicato Delicately

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Dolce Sweetly, gently

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Dolcissimo Most sweetly

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Dolce e cantabile Gently and with singing tone

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Espressivo Expressively.

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Grandioso Grandly, pompously

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Legato Smoothly

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Leggiero Lightly

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Grazioso Gracefully

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Giocoso Humorously

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Mesto Pensively

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Mezzo voce With half voice

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Misterioso Mysteriously

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Pastoralei In simple and unaffected style

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Pomposo Pompously

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Precipitoso Precipitously

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Risoluto Firmly, resolutely

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Semplice Simply

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Sentimento With sentiment

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Solenne Solemn

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Sotto voce in subdued voice

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Spiritoso With spirit

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Strepitoso Precipitously

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Tranquillo Tranquilly

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Tristamente Sadly

Dynamics in Music - Worksheet
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Dynamics in Music - Facts about Music
Dynamics in Music Facts....Did you know...

Dynamics Fact 1: The symbol 'f' is used in music dynamics to indicate that a composition is to be played 'strongly'

Dynamics Fact 2: In music notation, dynamic marks tell the musician how loud or soft a particular piece should be played

Dynamics Fact 3: In sheet music, dynamics are displayed a single letter or group of letters which represent the Italian word or words that the term translates to

Dynamics Fact 4: The symbol 'ff' is used in music dynamics to indicate that a composition is to be played 'very loud/very strong'

Dynamics Fact 5: If the term 'Tristamente' is used, the piece should be played 'sadly'

Dynamics Fact 6: Early composers such as Bach and Mozart used dynamics infrequently. Only an occasional 'p' or 'f'' was recorded in their sheet music

Dynamics Fact 7: Giovanni Gabrieli was a Renaissance composer. He was one of the first composers to used dynamics in his music notation

Dynamics Fact 8: Beethoven used the term 'ppp' (Pianississimo) meaning 'extremely soft' in many of his compositions

Dynamics Fact 9: The term 'piano' when used in the context of music dynamics means 'softly' or 'weakly', it is usually represented as the 'p' symbol

Dynamics Fact 10: The term Sforzando indicates a forceful accent and is abbreviated as sf, sfz or fz

Dynamics Fact 11: The dynamic terms 'rinforzando' and 'rinforzato' mean reinforced. They are used indicate a sudden increase in power which usually extends over an entire phrase or passage instead of applying only to a single tone or chord

Dynamics Fact 12:  In sheet music, the term Crescendo (abbreviation: cresc. or < ) means a gradual increase in power

Dynamics Fact 13:  In music dynamics, the term Decrescendo (abbreviation:  decresc. or > ) means a gradual decrease of the tone

Dynamics Fact 14: Sudden changes in music dynamics are often notated by adding the word 'subito' meaning 'suddenly' as a prefix or suffix to the new dynamic notation

Dynamics Fact 15: Con grazia is the term used to indicate the piece is the be played 'with grace'

Dynamics in Music - Bible References
Music was mentioned many times in the bible, the following definition of music is taken from Easton Bible Dictionary.

  • Jubal was the inventor of musical instruments (Gen. 4:21). The Hebrews were much given to the cultivation of music. Their whole history and literature afford abundant evidence of this. After the Deluge, the first mention of music is in the account of Laban's interview with Jacob (Gen. 31:27). After their triumphal passage of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel sang their song of deliverance (Ex. 15)

  • The period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music, as it was of Hebrew poetry. Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets (1 Sam. 10:5; 19:19-24; 2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chr. 25:6). There now arose also a class of professional singers (2 Sam. 19:35; Eccl. 2:8). The temple, however, was the great school of music. In the conducting of its services large bands of trained singers and players on instruments were constantly employed (2 Sam. 6:5; 1 Chr. 15; 16; 23;5; 25:1-6)

Dream Explanation - Dynamics in Music
Hearing harmonious and soothing music in your dream, is a good omen of prosperity, pleasure and the expression of your emotions in a positive way. Music serves to heal the soul. Hearing discordant music in your dream means unhappiness and troubles in the home. 

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Dynamics in Music - Tattoos
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