Definition and background:
Italian term for little. Typically used to modify tempo markings as in " accelerando poco a poco " meaning "getting faster little by little." a little, as in poco piu allegro (a little faster)is found in directions to performers, as in poco allegro, although un poco allegro, a little fast, would be more accurate. Poco, in fact, is commonly used meaning un poco, a little
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