Grade 4 Italian and French Musical Terms

Studying for your grade 4 music theory exam? 

Then there are some performance directions you’re going to need to learn.

At grade 4 it’s not just Italian words though, we also have to learn some French words.

I’ve listed them all below and then after that there is a quick quiz to test how well you’ve learnt them.

You can also download a free printout to check off the ones you’re confident with.

The Grade 4 Italian Music Terms

Grade 4 Italian TermsDefinition
affettuosotenderly
affrettandohurrying
amabileamiable, pleasant
appassionatowith passion
calandogetting softer, dying away
cantandosinging
comeas, similar to
facileeasy
fuocofire
giustoproper, exact
l’istessothe same
morendodying away
nientenothing
nobilmentenobly
perdendosidying away
possibilepossible
quasias if, resembling
sonororesonant, with rich tone
sopraabove
sottobelow
veloceswift
vocevoice


Grade 4 Italian Terms Quiz

Time for a quiz. 

See how well you’ve learnt the terminology by answering the questions below.

Then after you’re done we’ll look at some of the French words that you’ll need to know for grade 4.


Grade 4 French Musical Terms 

Maintenant, time for some french musical terms.

Some of them are quite similar to the Italian thankfully.

Try the quiz after to see how well you know them.

Grade 4 French TermsDefinition
à
to, at
animé
animated, lively
assezenough, sufficient
avec
with
cédez
yield, relax with speed
douce
sweet
en dehors
prominent
et
and
légèrement
light
lent
slow
mais
but
moins
less
modéréat a moderate speed
nonnot
peulittle
plusmore
presserhurry
ralentir
slow down
retenu
held back
sans
without
très
very
un / une
one
viflively
vite
quick

Grade 4 French Terms Quiz

Time to test yourself on the french terms.

Bon chance!

For the grade 4 exam, you’ll be expected to know all the performance directions from previous grades as well.

To jump straight to those pages just click the links below.

Grade 1 Performance Directions

Grade 2 Performance Directions

Grade 3 Performance Directions

Grade 5 Performance Directions

Or for more music guides and lessons head back to our learn music theory page.