The tempo in music is the speed of metric counting units (the ratio of the number of events that happened to the time they took).
According to a long tradition, the tempo is designated in Italian and is set at the very beginning of the musical notation of the work. The main designations of tempo in ascending order:
grave, largo, adagio, tape (slow pace);
andante, moderato (moderate pace);
animato, allegro, vivo, presto (fast pace). Continue reading