andantino

[Italian, ]
A moderate tempo marking slightly faster than andante and slower than moderato.

Although andantino is the diminutive form of andante and should designate a slower tempo than andante, it actually came to mean the opposite. Prior to the late 18th century, andantino may have actually meant slower than andante.

See the table of tempo markings in the Appendix.

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