A word or phrase on a musical score which indicates the expression required of a performer.
- ‘He emphasized the importance of concentration during practice, the observance of phrasing, pedaling and expression marks during early stages of learning.’
- ‘He knows that Beethoven has to be specially watched when his expression marks stray into German, as they do in Op 90, for instance.’
- ‘The clefs, rests, and expression marks such as slurs and phrasing, even the thickness of the staves, make up a complex pictorial and typographical unity.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.