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a, auto [the], in the manner of
assezquite, rather, fairly
altehigh, higher
encoreagain, repeat
extremementextremely
enchainez["attach"] proceed without stopping
basselow, lower
cadenceextended improvisatory section
debutbeginning
codasection added to the end
commeas, as if, like
avecwith [the]
de, dufrom [the], of [the]
divisesdivided
etand
finend
glissantsliding from one pitch to the another
le, la, lesthe
lie["tied"]smoothly, slurred
le meme, la memethe same
maisbut
martele["hammered'} sharp, forceful, with quick releases
moinsless
demi-, mi-half
mode ordinairereturn to normal manner of execution
tresvery
changez... en...change... to...
non, pasnot
ouor
autrementalternate passage
octaveoctave
plusmore
[un] peulittle
loure["carried"] semi-detached, between legato and staccato
premier, premierefirst, at first
signesign
toujoursalways, still
sanswithout
de memesimilarly
sourdinemute
detache["separated"] detached
subitementsuddenly, immediately
suron, near, at
se tait["is silent"] does not play
tremolorapid repetition of a note or and alternation of notes
troptoo, too much
tousall
unis[in] unison
lentslowly
largebroadly
un peu lentsomewhat faster than largo
a l'aise["at ease"] easily, unhurried
un peu a l'aisesomewhat faster than adagio
allant["walking"] flowing
un peu allantsomewhat close to andante
moderemoderately, neither fast nor slow
un peu animelively
vitefast
tres vitevery fast
au mouvement[return to] regular tempo
accelerez, serrezbecoming faster
elargissantbroadening
mouvemente["moved"] moving, agitated
mouvementmotion
ralentissezbecoming slower
cedez["delaying"] gradually slowing
retenu["kept back"] immediately slower
derobe["robbed"] flexible tempo
soutenusustained
presses["squeezing"] hastening, tightening
premier mouvementoriginal tempo
trainezdragging
vifbriskly
tres vifvery briskly
tout doucementas softly as possible PPP
tres doucementvery softly PP
doucementsoftly P
mi-douxmedium softly MP
mi-fortmedium loudly MF
fortloudly F
tres fortvery loudly FF
tout fortas loudly as possible FFF
s'eteignantfading away
augmentezgrowing louder
s'affaiblissantbecoming softer
diminuantdiminishing in loudness
expirantdying away
renforcant(rfz) emphasized
accentue(sfz) sharply accented
chantant[singable] song like
commodecomfortably, without strain
chaleureusementwarmly, passionately
douce[ment]sweetly
expressifexpressively
affectueusementwith affection, tenderly
agiteexcitedly, restlessly
a volonteat preformer's discretion
en style d'un airin the manner of a [vocal' aria
vervespirit
calmecalm, quieted
feu["fire"] intensity, ardor
jouantplayfully
juste["exactly"] strict[ly], precise[ly], appropriate[ly]
gracieuxgracefully
gouttaste
legerementlightly
majestueuxmajestically
marque["marked"], stressed
tristesadly
lourde[ment]heavily
decide, resolumentresolutely, decisively
badinantjokingly
simplementsimply
bruyantboisterously
tenuheld [possibly beyond its normal value]
ouvertopen
pavillon en l'airbell raised
bouchestopped, covered
lointaindistant
cuivrebrassy, blaring
tremolo avec la langueflutter tongue
baguettes en boishard sticks
baguette d'epongesoft sticks
timbrewith snares
couvertcovered [cloth on drum head]
laissez vibrerlet vibrate [ting]
secdrily [without resonance]
au bordat the edge [rim]
archetbow, bowed, with the bow
bois, doswood, back of bow
pizzicatoplucked with out the bow
chevaletbridge
pointepoint [tip of the bow]
jete, ricochet["jumping"] bouncing bow [several notes per stroke]
sautille["distinct"] bouncing bow [one note per stroke]
talonfrog [where the bow is held]
touchefingerboard
ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, siC, D, E, F, G, A, B
flatbemol
double flatdouble bemol
sharpdiese
double sharpdouble diese
naturalbecarre
majormajeur
minormineur
doriandorien
phrygainphrygien
lydianlydien
mixolydianmixlydien



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