Musical Term Glossary – German Terms

 

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A B D E F G I L M N O P R S T U V W Z

 

A

aber: but

ausdruck: expression

ausdrucksvoll: with expression

 

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B

bedachtig: with deliberation

bestimmt: definite

bewegt: with movement, agitated

breit: broad, expansive

 

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D

dampfer: mute

deutlich: distinct

doppelgriff (doppelgr., dpplgr.): double stopping

 

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E

ein: a, one

einfach: simple

empfindung: feeling

empfindungsvoll: with feeling

etwas: somewhat, rather

 

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F

feurig: fiery

fliessend: flowing

frei: free

frisch: vigorous

fröhlich: cheerful, joyful

 

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G

gebunden: smoothly

gehend: at a walking pace

gesangvoll: in a singing style

geschwind: lively

 

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I

immer: always

innig: sincere

 

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L

langsam: slow

lebhaft: lively

leicht: lightly

leid: sorrow

leidenschaft: passion

leidenschaftlich: passionately

leidensvoll: sorrowful

leidvoll: sorrowful

leise: softly

lieblich: lovely

lustig: happy

 

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M

mässig: at a moderate speed

mit: with

munter: lively

 

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N

nach und nach: gradually

nicht: not

nicht schleppend: do not drag the tempo

 

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O

ohne: without

 

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P

plotzlich: suddenly

 

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R

rasch: lively

rascher: more lively

ruhig: peaceful

 

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S

schleppen schleppend: dragging

schnell: fast

schneller: faster

schwach: weak

schwacher: weaker

schwungvoll: with energy

sehr: very

süss: sweet

 

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T

traurig: sad

 

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U

und: and

 

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V

viel: much

voll: full

vorgetragen: with prominence

 

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W

wenig: little

wieder: again

 

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Z

zart: tender, delicate

ziemlich: moderately

zu: to, too

 

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