Allegro

Pronunciation: Ah-leh-GROE

What is Allegro?

Allegro is a tempo in music that means fast. It is one of the most common speed indicators in a musical composition, and it is taken from the Italian word, “alacrem,” which means “lively, cheerful.”

Key Takeaways

  1. Allegro is a type of tempo that means faster or livelier.
  2. Allegro is an indicator of tempo in a musical composition.
  3. Allegro tells you to play an instrument faster or more cheerful.

Understanding Allegro

Allegro consists of 120 to 168 beats per minute, and it indicates for you to speed up the tempo of the composition. If you are studying to play the piano, your teacher might instruct you to play allegro, which means you must make the speed faster or livelier.

One popular example of an allegro part of a composition is the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s Plano Sonata No.8.

Other related terms to allegro include molto allegro, which means very vibrant or lively; allegro moderato, which means moderately vibrant, and allegro allegro, which means even livelier.

Related Terms

Cut Time Cut time is a time signature that’s also known as Alle Breve, or cut common time. more

Clef A clef is a musical notation symbol placed at the left side of the beginning of a musical staff. more

Anacrusis An anacrusis is a note or a series of notes found before the beginning of the body of the musical composition. more

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