Marc Weiss

By · Monday, August 31st, 2009

Marc Weiss

Without variety, music would be very soft. The dynamics of music are the signs and symbols that indicate how to play music loudly. This makes music black and white in color!

The 2 most common dynamics are quiet and strong. The 2 cards are used to indicate that "p" and "f":

P stands for quiet play

f means play hard.

Why are PYF used? Why not "q" for quiet and "L" for loud?

These cards were used after the invention of the piano in 1700 in Italy. The piano was originally called the "piano e forte ". These Italian words translate as" quiet and strong "-" for piano e forte ". Before the piano e forte was the key. This is an instrument plucking. All notes sounded the same volume. The piano e forte was designed to give the performer a dynamic range of a sound.

Piano and was reduced to piano forte – the conversion of so-quiet high. Then, during the years which was reduced to piano. Therefore p = quiet, f = strong.

If the composer really want to test their acting skills, a variety of dynamic markings will be scattered through the piano score.

pp = pianissimo = Very quiet

= P = piano quiet

Mp = mezzo piano = fairly quiet

= Mf Mezzo Forte = very high

f = strong = Strong

FF = very strong fortissimo

To go from playing P to F, or FF FM is like a light switch on or off – is sudden.

If the composer wants the dynamic change to be gradual, 2 different Italian words are used:

Crescendo means gradually become stronger

diminuendo means gradually getting quieter.

This is like turning a dimmer switch up or down in the sunlight!

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