"Boldly!" written at the beginning of a part of sheet music

What is this text above the staff for, and what is it called?


It's called a Performance Mark, Dynamic Mark, or Directive, meaning an instruction, generally from the composer, regarding exactly how a particular part should be played: Loud, Soft, Slow, Fast etc.

See Performance marks and subheadings there

Boldly! is modern English. However, in classical music and more traditional scores and sheets, Italian terms are generally used (without exclamation points), such as these:

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Further down we find this:

risoluto risoluto bold; strong


I've always known that as an 'expression marking'. It's the composer's indication to the performer of the style and often speed of the piece.

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    Expressive indications go below the music, along with the dynamics. In the case of vocal parts, they go above the music, along with the dynamics. Feb 20 '18 at 3:29

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