tempo primo


The Italian musical phrase tempo primo (or “first tempo”) indicates a return to the song’s original speed. See come prima and a tempo.

Also Known As:

  • tempo I (or I°) (It)
  • premier mouvement; au mouvement (Fr)
  • erstes Zeitmass; Haupttempo; Hauptzeitmass (Ger)
Pronunciation: tem'-poh  PREE-moh

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