Meaning of vivace in English:


Pronunciation /vɪˈvɑːtʃeɪ/


  • (especially as a direction) in a lively and brisk manner.

    ‘he wants this piece played vivace’
    • ‘It brought plenty of vigor to the vivace opening movement, appropriately so, although the acoustics of the drawing room venue for the concerts lent a hard edge to some of the concerted passages.’
    • ‘A trenchant First Movement is marked Andantino-Allegro molto vivace and Hogwood is superb in handling the transition between both parts of the score.’
    • ‘The Allegro molto vivace was - appropriately enough - very animated, and their intonation, if not perfect, impressive.’
    • ‘It divides into three movements - Allegro, Lento, Allegro vivace.’
    • ‘The third movement of the D major concerto is especially difficult in tone and tempo: it has never been clear, to my mind, how one can simultaneously be allegro giocoso yet heed the indication ma non troppo vivace.’


  • Played in a lively and brisk manner.

    • ‘the pianist's dazzling rendition of the vivace finale was a tour de force’


  • A passage or movement marked to be performed in a lively and brisk manner.

    ‘That is, the gavotte switches to a vivace, which dissolves into a brief, though affecting, adagio.’
    • ‘The only break in the piece's forward momentum is a short recitative-like section just before the final vivace.’


Italian, ‘brisk, lively’, from Latin vivax, vivac- (see vivacious).