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Presto (It.: ‘ready’, ‘prompt’)locked

  • David Fallows

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Quick, fast; one of the earliest tempo designations in music. Nicola Vicentino (1555) gave it as the speed of a crotchet; and Banchieri used it specifically as a tempo mark in La battaglia (from L'organo suonarino, 1611) along with adagio, allegro and ...

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