Here are some common tempo markings (go to Text/Styles/Tempo in Sibelius to input):

  • Presto (very fast – ca. 140-170)
  • Allegro (lively – ca. 120-145)                                 NB ca. 2 beats per second
  • Moderato (moderately  – ca. 90-115)
  • Andante (walking pace  – ca. 75-105)
  • Adagio (slow and stately  – ca. 60-80)                  NB ca. 1 beat per second
  • Largo (broadly  – ca. 41-60)