Definition and background:
A directive to perform the indicated passage of a composition very quickly. Italian. A very fast tempo. Faster than allegro. is used frequently as a direction to performers. an even faster speed is indicated by the superlative prestissimo or even il piu presto possible, as fast as possible
Italian. A very fast tempo. Faster than allegro
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