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I have lyrics of two verses below the staves.

image of staff with two verses below

Now I want the second verse to get the fortissimo (ff) dynamic. Now how do I do that? How is that written down in sheet music?

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The most common way to notate that would be f-ff (or "whatever the first dynamic is"-ff). The idea is that the first time you would play at the first dynamic and the second time you would play the second dynamic.

I would advise if there are any other modifications to the verse like crescendos, decrescendos, and accents the verses be separate so the texture change is clear.

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Yes, I have seen this many times. –  awe Dec 6 '13 at 11:56

2nd time ff.

2nd × ff.

Or, even better, the same in italian, which I think would be

2a volta ff

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Unless the choir / vocalist is Italian or you live in Italy, the 3rd option would only be confusing. –  jjmusicnotes Dec 4 '13 at 17:34
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Most indications on a sheet music already are in italian. Why not that one? –  Édouard Dec 4 '13 at 17:50
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@Édouard: Most musicians do not know Italian; rather, they know some musical terms which happen to come from that language. Your last example is not among the terms most musicians would know. –  supercat Dec 4 '13 at 23:30
    
It is, however, obvious enough that everyone should get it. After all, everyone doesn’t speak english either, and we all struggle with a bit of italian from time to time (my former wind band got stuck on a stringendo, once). –  Édouard Dec 4 '13 at 23:56
    
I've seen "2x tacet" in scores; presumably just "2x ff" would work too. –  Dave Dec 5 '13 at 12:49

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