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Definition of Espressivo:

The Italian musical term espressivo is an indication to play expressively, and may also encourage physical expression by the performer. Espressivo allows a performer to convey the mood of a musical composition by taking slight liberties with its articulation and dynamics.


  • molto espressivo: “very expressive”
  • poco espressivo: “slightly expressive”


Also Known As:

  • con espressione (It)
  • expressif (Fr)
  • ausdrucksvoll (Ger)


Pronunciation: ess-PRESS-ee-voh

Common Misspellings: expressivo

More Expression Commands:

  • affettuoso
  • dolcissimo
  • maestoso
  • feurig
  • agitato

Beginner Piano Lessons

 ▪  Notes of the Piano Keys
 ▪  The Point Of Double-Sharps
 ▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪  Essential Piano Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords

Getting Started on Keyboards

 ▪  Finding the Right Piano Teacher
 ▪  Sitting Correctly at the Keys
 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Buy a Used Piano

Piano Chords

 ▪  Chord Types & Symbols in Sheet Music
 ▪  Root Notes & Chord Inversion
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering

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