Not only musical notes but also performance directions help us to understand more about the musical works and composers intention. Performance directions are musical terms and symbols about dynamics, tempo and mood. Musical terms are mostly written in Italian, with some German and French.
When I was young I am too lazy to memorize these musical terms. My teacher was too kind to translate and explain them to me. Nowadays, I find that some good online music dictionaries are available.
Dolmetsch Online gives a very comprehensive glossory of musical terms and symbols.
Do you want to find out the pronunciation of a specific musical term? You can search and listen to it in Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary .
Classical music Recording Label Naxos publishes a webpage about muscial glossary. It also includes information of instruments and genres.
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