Maestoso is an Italian musical term and is used to direct performers to play a certain passage of music in a stately, dignified and majestic fashion (sometimes march-like) or, it is used to describe music as such. The term is commonly used in relatively slow pieces; however, there are numerous examples - such as the first movement of Mozart's Flute Concerto no. 1 - in which a faster tempo can be played in such maestoso. Common examples of maestoso tempo include Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory and the first movement of both Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 and also in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor' Chopin's Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53. Maestoso is also used very often for parts of songs meant to sound large, triumphant and heroic, like the Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams
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