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Quasi (It.: ‘almost’, ‘approximately’, ‘like’, ‘as though’)locked


A word used both in tempo designations – andante quasi allegretto, allegretto quasi vivace, etc. – and in piece descriptions – sonata quasi una fantasia, ‘sonata in the manner of a fantasy’. A curious observation in Koch’s Musikalisches Lexikon (1802) is that the word ‘quasi’ scarcely ever appears in music....

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