a piacere

Definition: The Italian musical phrase a piacere indicates that some aspects of a song – such as tempo or dynamics – may be decided by the performer; lit. “to your pleasure/at will.”

See rubato.

Also Known As:

  • ad libitum (Latin)
  • a piacimento; a bene placito (It)
  • à plaisir; à volonté (Fr)
  • nach Gefallen; nach Belieben; frei im Vortrag (Ger)
Pronunciation: ah  pee-ah-tchair'-ray (trilled R)

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