Grade 1 Italian Musical Terms

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 pdf to print out here.

The Grade 1 Italian Music Terms

Grade 1 Italian TermsDefinition
accelerando / accel
gradually getting quicker
adagio
slowly
allegrettomoderately fast
allegro
fast, quickly, and bright
andante
at a walking pace
cantabilein 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
forteloud
fortissimovery loud
legatosmoothly
lentoslow
mezzohalf
mezzo forte
moderately loud
mezzo piano
moderately quiet
moderatomoderately
piano
quiet
pianissimovery quiet
pocoa little
rallentando / rall.
gradually getting slower
ritardando / rit.
gradually getting slower
ritenuto / rit.
held back
staccatodetached
tempospeed / time
8vaoctave

Grade 1 Italian Terms Quiz

Hopefully they’re starting to sink 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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