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

What does it mean?

  • Can you provide a picture? Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 7:40
  • No, sorry, but it just section C with "Tempo 1".
    – seseorang
    Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 7:54
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    Usually, it's written Tempo I (with a Roman numeral). Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 18:27
  • @200_success I just make it easier to read, but it's the same, right? :D
    – seseorang
    Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 18:40
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    If you ask a question about terminology, then you should quote it verbatim. Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 18:42

3 Answers 3


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.


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


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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