Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Music. The notation indicating to play in an expressive manner. Expressively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. With expression.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, expressive: noting a passage to be rendered with ardent expression.

Etymologies

Borrowed from Italian espressivo (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Beethoven is the only composer in history who writes first espressivo [with expression] and then a tempo [resume the tempo]—it's in his Piano Sonata, Opus 109.

    Vienna's Classical Iconoclast

  • In the Adagio espressivo, Beermann is very expressive indeed, but a bit fast – and his reading of the finale is very spirited and fleet-footed.

    Schumann on CD

  • Steep Steps, for bass clarinet, plays the timbral angle for humor, staccato Raymond-Scott machinery in the bass against the unlikely espressivo of the instrument's treble, ending with a big-band saxophone-like wail of clarino; Brent Besner hit it all with character and flair.

    Magna Carter (7): Either/Or

  • ‘Adagio molto espressivo, sempre legato,’ she read next.

    The Wrong Box

  • We rumbled _andante espressivo_ over the hexagonal cobbles of the Chaussée d'Arsenic, crossed the mauve canal and bent under the hanging cliffs of the cheese quarries.

    Shandygaff

  • 'Adagio molto espressivo, sempre legato,' she read next.

    The Wrong Box

  • The young lady not only glided over these difficulties with ease and grace, but also brought out the _espressivo_ so necessary for the effective rendition of this division.

    Music and Some Highly Musical People

  • Trovatore, 'is a fine composition abounding in _espressivo_ and _bravura_ passages: the compass is also extensive, requiring great range for a baritone voice.

    Music and Some Highly Musical People

  • But Mr. Serkin was at his best in the group of slow variations near the end, particularly the almost operatic Andante, sempre cantabile, and the Largo, molto espressivo, where his ruminative account recalled his flexible touch in the contemporary works in the first half of the program.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Movement 2a: Lento espressivo - Allegro - Cadenza - [7'12] 7.

    VeryCD - 电驴资源订阅

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