What does the word Pesante mean?

'''Pesante''' is a musical term, meaning "heavy and ponderous." It is often used in [[Latin]] languages, such as [[Spanish language|Spanish]] or [[Portuguese language|Portuguese]], with the word ''pesado'' meaning ''heavy'' in both of these languages. The French equivalent is ''lourd''.

In performance, "pesante" is often interpreted as a tempo term. It usually is applied as an immediate pulling back of a previous tempo. While this is not the textbook application of this term, it has gained widespread use among performing musicians. Pesante tempo is usually in between 60 and 100 as it is supposed to create a heavy 'dragging feeling.