Grade 3 Italian Musical Terms

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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 print out of all the words you need to learn here

The Grade 3 Italian Music Terms

Grade 3 Italian TermsDefinition
ad libitum, ad lib.
at pleasure, to be played freely
adagietto
rather slow
agitatoagitated
agitato
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
delicatodelicate
energicoenergetic
forzaforce
largamentebroadly
leggierolight, nimble
marcato / marc.
emphatic, accented
marziale
in a military style
mesto
sad
pesante
heavy
prima / primo
first
risolutobold, strong
ritmico
rhythmically
rubato / tempo rubato
with some freedom of time
scherzando / scherzoso
playful, joking
seconda / secondo
second
semplicesimple, plain
semprealways
stringendo
gradually getting faster
subitosuddenly
tantoso much
tranquillocalm
triste / tristamente
sad, sorrowful
voltatime (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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