poco a poco – little by little; gradually – used as a direction in music
poco a poco: Merriam-Webster. Definitions retrieved June 23, 2012, from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poco+a+poco?show=0&t=1343050540
It’s hard for me to rethink musical terms as a writer rather than a piano and voice teacher. I want to demonstrate what this word means on piano. I want to conduct and use hand gestures to help make the term stick. I want to point it out on your sheet music. Below is my attempt at using this word I’ve known since I was a little girl in a new way.:
Richard hadn’t always been cruel. Lona remembered the quiet Sundays – soft eyes, soft skin, shared in the morning hours. She knew, even then, he did not love her. But on those days she willed his anger away; willed Gabriela away. Her will was all that was left of those Sundays, but it was fading poco a poco – softer now than his eyes had ever been.
– Anita, Noted in Nashville