Musical Term of the Week
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strepitoso – A direction to perform forcefully, found particularly as a qualification to a tempo mark, and somehow including the idea of ‘tumbling down’. Liszt’s Tasso opens allegro strepitoso; Elgar often used it as an expression mark; and the word appears on bravura passages in the virtuoso piano repertory as well as on joyful or confused headlong orchestral tutti passages in the later 19th century. It also appears earlier: the overture to Lemoyne’s opera Les pretendus (1789) is marked allegro con molto strepito. (The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians)