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Tempo Notation
A simple (I'm sure) notation marking eludes me.
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Oliver
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Why can't I find this basic answer even on trusty Wiki ?

Question       What do the letters "CA" mean in front of a tempo value.

Like        "ca 120"    ???????????     or "ca 80",  etc.

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From what I have found it means circa 120 or around 120

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The abbreviation

ca (for circa) is used when the suggested tempo is approximate

I think this is it.crossedfingers

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I'm surprised you couldn't find it on a search. It's also a Swedish word.

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Yes, I tried all my usual Googles and found nothing except the routine talk about "tempo".  At this point I'm finding "ca" almost entirely on arrangements by a lady named Schramm (sp?). 

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Here ya go, Oliver......

http://www.rosshamilton.com.au.....dTerms.pdf

I hope this helps.  

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Indeed. 

Neat !

I want to share one of my examples from some violin sheet music which says (ignore spelling)  "Rubato (with) expression, ca. 82-84."  Now that is about as much slack as a tempo can have ??

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