Grade 4 Performance Directions

For the ABRSM grade 4 music theory exam you’re going to need to know some Italian words and symbols and what they mean. Although it can seem quite daunting at first don’t worry. You’ll pick them up easily. So below are all the Grade 4 Italian and French Musical Terms for you to start getting to know.

 

Italian Musical Terms

Affettuoso – tenderly

Affrettando – hurrying

Amabile – amiable, pleasant

Appassionato – with passion

Calando – getting softer, dying away

Cantando – singing

Come – as, similar to

Facile – easy

Fuoco – fire

Giusto – proper, exact

L’istesso – the same

Morendo – dying away

Niente – nothing

Nobilmente – nobly

Perdendosi – dying away

Possibile – possible

Quasi – as if, resembling

Sonoro – resonant, with rich tone

Sopra – above

Sotto – below

Veloce – swift

Voce – voice

 

French Musical Terms

à – to, at

Animé – animated, lively

Assez – enough, sufficient

Avec – with

Cédez – yield, relax with speed

Douce  sweet

En dehors – prominent

Et – and

Légèrement – light

Lent – slow

Mais – but

Moins – less

Modéré – at a moderate speed

Non – not

Peu – little

Plus – more

Presser – hurry

Ralentir – slow down

Retenu – held back

Sans – without

Très – very

Un / une – one

Vif – lively

Vite – quick

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