One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbMusic
(especially as a direction) in a very quick tempo.
- ‘The wood in the half-light waking at daybreak to the belling of stags that bursts into barks; the wood doubled over the prestissimo riffs, the wood enjoying the sea's sport.’
- ‘At 13:50, her version is almost three minutes slower than Krysa's and because of that, the piece breathes easily between the prestissimo flights of fancy.’
A movement or passage marked to be performed in a very quick tempo.
- ‘The unravelling has run faster than prestissimo.’
- ‘The short prestissimo lasts just over two minutes and is an intriguing option instead of a full-blown Scherzo.’
Italian, superlative of presto ‘quick, quickly’ (see presto).
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