Allegro

Fast and lively

"Allegro" is an Italian musical term that translates to "fast" in English. It is used to describe a musical composition or movement that should be performed with a lively and quick tempo. "Allegro" provides conductors and musicians with an indication of the speed at which a piece should be played or sung. It is usually played at a tempo of 120 to 156 beats per minute.

"Allegro" is a common tempo marking used to instruct performers on the rhythm and pace of a musical piece. It typically indicates a faster tempo, but the specific speed can vary based on the composer's style, the nature of the composition, and the interpretation of the performers.

In sheet music, "Allegro" may be accompanied by additional terms such as "Allegro moderato" (moderately fast) or "Allegro con brio" (with vigor), providing further musical guidance.

The tempo indicated by "Allegro" can vary depending on the emotions, style, and era of the composition. During the Baroque and Classical periods, "Allegro" was often used to express lively, cheerful, and spirited music. In the Romantic period, the term might be used to convey more emotional and dynamic variations.

Performing "Allegro" requires maintaining a steady rhythm while ensuring the music remains vibrant and clear. Performers need to uphold accuracy at a fast tempo while also paying attention to the expression and dynamic changes in the music.

Example of Allegro

Lang Lang - Mozart: Sonata in C, K. 545, Allegro