The music terms in this glossary are available for use when notating with NoteWorthy Composer. Each term can be found in the Insert menu of NoteWorthy Composer under the command matching the heading below. For example, Pianissimo is defined under the heading Dynamic. To use a Pianissimo symbol (pp) in NoteWorthy Composer, you would select the Dynamic command from the Insert menu.
Dynamics are terms or symbols that define the level (from soft to loud) in which the music is to be played.
Dynamic Variances are terms or symbols indicating change in the level of play.
These terms are used to indicate the direction, or flow of play.
Performance style terms indicate the manner in which the music is to be played.
These terms and symbols denote a change in speed from slow to fast or fast to slow.
Dynamics are terms or symbols that define the level in which the music is to be played. The dynamics listed below are in order from soft to loud. Top
|Mezzo Piano||mp||Moderately soft|
|Mezzo Forte||mf||Moderately loud|
Dynamic Variances are terms or symbols indicating change from soft to loud or loud to soft. Top
|Crescendo||cresc.||Gradually play louder|
|Decrescendo||decresc||Gradually play softer|
|Diminuendo||dim.||Play to diminish|
|Rinforzando||rfz||Play to reinforce|
These terms are used to indicate the direction, or flow of play. Top
|Coda||Tail/Marker for al Coda redirections|
|Segno||Sign/Marker for Dal Segno redirections|
|Fine||End play after a redirection|
|To Coda||Go to the Coda|
|Da Capo (D.C.)||From the beginning|
|D.C. al Coda||Play from the beginning to the Coda|
|D.C. al Fine||Play from the beginning to the Fine|
|Dal Segno||From the Segno|
|D.S. al Coda||Play from the Segno to the Coda|
|D.S. al Fine||Play from the Segno to the Fine|
Performance style is the manner in which music is played. NoteWorthy Composer does not generally change its play back style based on performance styles, except in the case of Legato/Tenuto. Top
|Style Name||Intended Performance Change|
|Ad Libitum||Improvise as you wish|
|Cantabile||Allow for singing|
|Legato||Smooth and connected|
|Meno mosso||Slower, less lively|
|Poco a poco||Little by little|
|Pił mosso||Faster, more lively|
|Sotto Voce||Toned down voice|
|Staccato||Short and disconnected|
|Tenuto||Hold for full value|
|Volta Subito||Turn quickly|
These terms and symbols denote a change in speed from slow to fast or fast to slow. Top
|Breath Mark||Pause, take a breath|
|Ritardando||Gradually play slower|