Grade 3 Italian Musical Terms

For the ABRSM grade 3 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 with a bit of work. 

So below are all the Grade 3 Italian Musical Terms for you to start getting to know.

You can also download a free print out of all the words you need to learn.


Grade 3 Italian Terms

Definition

ad libitum, ad lib.

at pleasure, meaning that a passage may be played freely

adagietto

rather slow

agitato

agitated

alla breve

with a minim beat

amore

love (amoroso – loving)

anima

soul, spirit

animando

becoming lively

animato

animated, lively

ben

well

brio

vigour

comodo

convenient, comfortable

deciso

with determination

delicato

delicate

energico

energetic

forza

force

largamente

broadly

leggiero

light, nimble

marcato / marc.

emphatic, accented

marziale

in a military style

mesto

sad

pesante

heavy

prima / primo

first

risoluto

bold, strong

ritmico

rhythmically

rubato / tempo rubato

with some freedom of time

scherzando / scherzoso

playful, joking

seconda / secondo

second

semplice

simple, plain

sempre

always

stringendo

gradually getting faster

subito

suddenly

tanto

so much

tranquillo

calm

triste / tristamente

sad, sorrowful

volta

time (prima volta – first time)

Grade 3 Italian Terms Quiz

Time for a quiz!

See how well you know the above grade 3 performance terms by taking the quiz below.

Good luck.

As well as all these grade 3 italian terms and symbols, if you're doing your grade 3 exam you'll need to know the words and symbols from grades 1 and 2. 

Below you'll find links to those words as well as the terms you'll need to know for grades 4 and 5 once you're finished with these.

Grade 1 Performance Directions

Grade 2 Performance Directions

Grade 4 Performance Directions

Grade 5 Performance Directions

Or if you're done with learning performance directions for a bit you can head back to read more of our lessons on our learn music theory.

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