What Does Agitato Mean?

The Italian musical term agitato is an indication to play quickly; with agitation and excitement. Agitato can be paired with other musical commands to add a rushed, vibrant element:

  • presto agitato, “very quick and with excitement.”
  • allegretto, un poco agitato, “somewhat quickly, with a little agitation.”

Also Known As:

  • agité (Fr)
  • bewegt; erregt (Ger)

Pronunciation: ah'-jih-TAH-doh (U.S.), ah'-jee-TAH-ttoh

Common Misspellings: agittato, agitado