Grade 1 Performance Directions

To help you get your head around all the different performance directions that you need to know for the ABRSM grade 1 music theory exam we've put together a big list.

So let's get to all the Grade 1 Italian Musical Terms

Some are to do with tempo, other dynamics and although it can seem overwhelming the amount of words to learn you'll get it with a bit of practice.

When you're ready there's a quiz at the end of the page to have a go at and see how well you've learnt them. 

You can also download a free pdf to print out.


Grade 1 Italian Music Terms

Grade 1 Italian Terms

Definition

accelerando / accel

gradually getting quicker

adagio

slowly

allegretto

moderately fast

allegro

fast, quickly, and bright

andante

at a walking pace

cantabile

in a singing style

crescendo / cresc.

gradually getting louder

da capo / D.C

repeat from the beginning

dal segno / D.S

repeat from the sign

decrescendo / decresc.

gradually getting quieter

diminuendo / dim.

gradually getting quieter

fine

the end

forte

loud

fortissimo

very loud

legato

smoothly

lento

slow

mezzo

half

mezzo forte

moderately loud

mezzo piano

moderately quiet

moderato

moderately

piano

quiet

pianissimo

very quiet

poco

a little

rallentando / rall.

gradually getting slower

ritardando / rit.

gradually getting slower

ritenuto / rit.

held back

staccato

detached

tempo

speed / time

8va

octave

Grade 1 Italian Terms Quiz

Hopefully they're starting to go in. 

If you're ready you can take the quick quiz below to test how well you've learnt all the performance directions.

Now that you're getting familiar with all these italian grade 1 words, you can move on to the further grades by clicking one of the links below.

Grade 2 Musical Terms

Grade 3 Musical Terms

Grade 4 Musical Terms

Grade 5 Musical Terms

Or head back over here to see our music theory lessons.

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