Musical terminology, illustrated by Game of Thrones

20 October 2017, 12:56

Turns out Jon Snow, Khaleesi, Cersei and the other residents of Westeros have 10/10 musical notation knowledge (kind of). Things just GoT seriously geeky...

Affrettando

To play in a hurrying manner, pressing or rushing on forwards.

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Saltando

Music should be played by bouncing the bow on a string instrument, like in a staccato arpeggio (lit. ‘jumping’ in Italian).

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Cadenza

A solo section used to show off the performer’s technique. This section will often be considerably lengthy and entertaining.

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Acceso

(Italian: ‘ignited’). The music should sound exciting, like it’s on fire.

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Maestoso

Majestically, in a stately fashion. The music should be played in a particularly regal manner.

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Penseroso

(Lit: ‘thoughtfully’). You should play a passage marked ‘penseroso’ in a meditative, pensive manner.

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Battuto

(Lit. ‘hit’ in the past tense.) To suddenly strike the strings with a bow on a stringed instrument.

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Sostenuto

A passage marked ‘sostenuto’ should be played in a sustained or prolonged fashion. Literally ‘sustained’ or ‘held’ in Italian.

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Freddo 

The music should be played depressively, without emotion. Lit: ‘cold’(ly).

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