Grade 2 Italian Musical Terms

For the ABRSM grade 2 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 with a bit of work and revision.

So below are all the Grade 2 performance directions for you to start getting to know.

Once you're done with them try the quiz at the bottom of the page to test how well you know them.

You can also download a free pdf to print out below.


Grade 2 Italian Terms

Definition

a

at, by, for, in the style of, to

al, alla

to the, in the manner of

allargando

broadening (getting a little slow and probably louder)

andantino

slightly faster than andante

assai

very

con, col

with

dolce

sweet, soft

e, ed

and

espressivo / express. / espr.

expressive

fortepiano

loud, then immediately soft

giocoso

playful, merry

grave

very slow, solemn

grazioso

graceful

larghetto

rather slow (not as slow as largo)

largo

slow, stately

ma

but

maestoso

majestic

meno

less

molto

very, much

mosso, moto

movement

non

not

più

more

presto

fast

senza

without

sforzando / zforzato

forced, accented

simile / sim.

in the same way

sostenuto

sustained

tenuto

held

troppo

too much

vivace, vivo

lively, quick

Grade 2 Italian Terms Quiz

Time for a quiz!

See how well you know the above grade 2 performance terms by taking the quiz below.

Good luck.

If you're taking a grade two theory exam there are some other words you'll need to take a look at.

To see all the other performance directions that you'll have to learn for grade 1 and also further grades, you can use any of the links below.

Grade 1 Italian Terms

Grade 3 Italian Terms

Grade 4 Italian And French Terms

Grade 5 Italian And German Terms

Then to see all the other music lessons just head back to our music theory lessons page below.

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