Pronunciation: Ahn-DAHN-tay

What is Andante?

Andante is a time indicator placed above a piece of music that tells the musician to play the song at a moderately slow pace.

Key Takeaways

  1. Andante is a time indicator on a musical piece that indicates a moderately slow speed of playing the song.
  2. It is sometimes likened to the speed of “at a walking pace.”
  3. It is faster than adagio and slower than allegretto, or in other words, not too fast and not too slow.

Understanding Andante

Andante comes from the Italian word, “andare,” which means “to go.” Its Latin derivation is “ambire,” which means “to go around.” Therefore, Andante means to play a musical composition in a fairly slow manner, or sometimes described as “at a walking pace.”

A type of tempo, it is also used to name a piece of music, such as in Beethoven’s “Andante in F.” Andante can also be used to name a symphony or sonata, to indicate a slow movement.

Related Terms

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

Allegro Allegro is a tempo in music that means fast. 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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