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I've seen adagio, and other names, but I see in classical score that indicates "Tempo 1" in section C.

What does it mean?

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Can you provide a picture? –  Shevliaskovic Jun 27 '14 at 7:40
No, sorry, but it just section C with "Tempo 1". –  seseorang Jun 27 '14 at 7:54
It's just too tempting to suggest that the tempo is 1 beat/minute :-). –  Carl Witthoft Jun 27 '14 at 11:37
Usually, it's written Tempo I (with a Roman numeral). –  200_success Jun 27 '14 at 18:27
If you ask a question about terminology, then you should quote it verbatim. –  200_success Jun 27 '14 at 18:42

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Tempo 1 or Tempo I instructs a performer to return to the first tempo of a movement or piece of music, where there has been a different tempo marking since the first marking. The marking Tempo Primo is also used.

It is the equivalent, on a larger scale, of an a tempo marking following a rit. or rall. marking.

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Tempo primo, or Tempo 1ᵒ means “at the same tempo as the piece started”.

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Without seeing a picture, I would guess that section A had some tempo, section B some other and section C has to return to the first tempo, to the tempo of section A; thus 'Tempo 1'

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Normally it means to go back to the first tempo. Probably, the tempo was changed somewhere. Chopin's pieces have this sort of thing in his tempo.

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