Definition and background:
When a composition is trying to represent something extra-musical, it is said to be an expression of the composer or of an idea such as the composition is an expression of the composer's grief. In the performance of a composition, expression refers to such things as dynamics, tempo, and articulation. These indications are known as expression marks. the ability to resonate with the audience's feelings
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