What are dynamics?

What you need are dynamics!

Dynamics can make the listener feel different emotions. Musicians will change whether they play a part quietly or loudly depending on how they want the listener to feel.

On a musical score you might see Italian or German words used to describe dynamics:

  • Pianissimo means 'very quiet'.

  • Forte means 'loud'.

  • Crescendo means 'getting gradually louder'.

Watch Russian Dance from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote some of the most famous pieces of music of all time. This performance is taken from Ten Pieces III.
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