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Musical Terms Beginning With L

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Larghetto

Italian for a slow movement in a piece of music.

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Largo

When someone plays music slowly, they are playing largo.

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Legato

To play notes smoothly, without stopping between notes.

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Libretto

The words of an opera, written in a little book.

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Lied

German for “song.”

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Lute

An old string instrument that you pluck. It is smaller than a guitar and has a body shaped like a pear. It was used mostly in medieval Europe.

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Lyre

An ancient harp-like string instrument.

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