Definition of Leggiero:

The Italian musical term leggiero means “lightly,” and can be used as:

  1. A dynamics command; an indication to play lightly in piano or mezzo piano.
  2. A tempo command; to play between allegro and vivace.
  3. Part a descriptive title, such as Leggiero e vivo, “lightly yet vibrant.”

See leggerissimo.

Also Known As:

Pronunciation: laid-jyair'-oh

Musical Symbols:

Beginner Piano Lessons
• Memorize the Notes of the Grand Staff
• Left Hand Piano Fingering
• How to Play Dotted Notes
• Musical Quizzes!

Piano Chords With Fingering
• Chord Types & Their Abbreviations
• Easy Bass Piano Chords
• Piano Chord Fingering
• Diminished Chords & "Dissonance"

Musical Glossaries
• Italian Musical Glossary
• Beginner Piano Glossary
• German Music Terms
• Musical Terms A – Z

Piano Terms & Musical Symbols
• Reading Musical Rests & Pauses
• Accidentals & Double-Accidentals
• Note Accents & Articulation Marks
• Mastering Segno & Coda Repeats

Piano Care
• Safely Whiten Piano Keys
• When to Tune a Piano
• 6 Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
• Ideal Temperature & Humidity Levels for Piano Rooms

Tempo Commands:
▪ largo
▪ rhythm dot
▪ (accel.) accelerando
▪ vivace
▪ tempo giusto

Musical Articulation:
▪ staccato
▪ tie
▪ (rfz) rinforzando
▪ arpeggiato
▪ accentato

Volume & Dynamics:
▪ (mf) mezzo forte
▪ (sfz) sforzando
▪ diminuendo
▪ al niente
▪ (fp) fortepiano

French Musical Glossary:
▪ en ralentissant
▪ indication de mouvement
▪ à l’aise
▪ mi-doux
▪ retenu

Essential Beginner Terms:
▪ (BPM) beats per minute
▪ whole step
▪ ledger line
▪ interval
▪ broken chord

Related Musical Glossaries

■ Music Articulation Terms
■ Italian Musical Terms
■ Volume & Dynamics Terms
■ French Musical Terms
■ Tempo Commands
■ German Musical Terms

Helpful Info For Owning a Piano
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Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
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Ideal Piano Temp & Humidity Levels
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Illustrated Piano Chords:
AbmajAbma7Abma9  |  AbminAbm7Abm9  |  AbdimAb°7  |  AbaugAb+7  |  Absus2Absus4