Musical Term Glossary – French Terms

 

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A C D E F G L M N P R S T U V

 

A

à: to, at

animé: animated, lively

apaise: calm

assez: enough

au mouvement: in time

avec: with

 

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C

calme: calm

cédez: relax the speed

 

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D

detache: detached

douce: sweet

doucement: sweetly

doux: sweet

 

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E

emporte: fiery

en animant: getting more lively

en cedant: giving way

en dehors: prominent

enlevez: take off

en mesure: in time

en pressant: hurrying on

en retenant: holding back, slowing a little

en serrant: getting faster

et: and

 

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F

fin: end

flottant: floating

 

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G

gracieux: graceful

 

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L

légèr: light

légèrement: lightly

lent: slow

librement: freely

lointain: from a distance

lourd: heavy

 

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M

main droite (M. D.): right hand

main gauche (M.G.): left hand

mais: but

martele: hammered out

moins: less

modéré: at a moderate speed

mouvement (mouvt): movement

 

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N

non: not

 

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P

peu: little

plus: more

premier mouvement: original speed

presser: hurry

pressez: pressing onwards

 

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R

ralentir: slow down

retenu: held back

 

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S

sans: without

sec: short, detached

serrer: getting faster

serrez: getting faster

sonore: sonorous

sourdine: mute

sous: under

 

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T

très: very

 

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U

un: one

une: one

 

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V

vif: lively

vite: quick

vivement: lively

voix: voice

 

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