Andante

Walking pace

"Andante" is an Italian musical term that translates to "walking" or "at a moderate pace". It is used as a tempo marking in music to indicate a moderately slow and flowing tempo, suggesting a comfortable and relaxed pace of movement. It is usually played at a tempo of 72 to 76 beats per minute.

"Andante" is a tempo marking that provides guidance to performers on the pace and rhythm at which a piece of music should be played. It signifies a tempo that is slower than "Allegro" but faster than "Adagio". The specific speed of "Andante" can vary based on the composer's intention, the style of the music, and the overall context of the piece.

The tempo indicated by "Andante" suggests a musical tempo that resembles a natural walking pace. It conveys a sense of ease, allowing for expressive phrasing and subtle nuances in the music. "Andante" passages often feature lyrical melodies and flowing rhythms, contributing to a calm and reflective musical atmosphere.

While "Andante" provides a general tempo indication, it is often accompanied by additional descriptive terms that further refine the musical expression. For example, "Andante con moto" means "Andante with motion", implying a slightly quicker tempo, while "Andante cantabile" suggests a singing and melodic character.

Example of Andante

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 - Andante