Musical Terms: Performance Instructions

Below are some common performance instructions that composers use. Some of them are specifically for piano players.

  • con pedale, con ped.: with pedal (piano)
  • da capo, D.C.: go back to the beginning
  • dal segno, D.S.: go back to the sign
  • D.C. al Fine: play from the beginning to the marked fine
  • fine: the end
  • mano destra, M.D.: play with the right hand
  • mano sinistra, M.S.: play with the left hand
  • ottava, 8va: the octave - the player may be asked to perform a passage higher by an octave
  • pedale, ped.: use the pedal (piano)
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