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.

What are the grade 2 performance directions?

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.

The Grade 2 Italian Music Terms

Grade 2 Italian TermsDefinition
a
at, by, for, in the style of, to
al, alla
to the, in the manner of
allargandobroadening (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
graziosograceful
larghettorather slow (not as slow as largo)
largoslow, stately
mabut
maestosomajestic
meno
less
molto
very, much
mosso, moto
movement
non
not
piùmore
prestofast
senza
without
sforzando / zforzato
forced, accented
simile / sim.
in the same way
sostenutosustained
tenutoheld
troppotoo 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

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