Grade 4 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.


Grade 4 Italian Terms

Definition

affettuoso

tenderly

affrettando

hurrying

amabile

amiable, pleasant

appassionato

with passion

calando

getting softer, dying away

cantando

singing

come

as, similar to

facile

easy

fuoco

fire

giusto

proper, exact

l’istesso

the same

morendo

dying away

niente

nothing

nobilmente

nobly

perdendosi

dying away

possibile

possible

quasi

as if, resembling

sonoro

resonant, with rich tone

sopra

above

sotto

below

veloce

swift

voce

voice

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 Terms

Definition

à

to, at

animé

animated, lively

assez

enough, sufficient

avec

with

cédez

yield, relax with speed

douce

sweet

en dehors

prominent

et

and

légèrement

light

lent

slow

mais

but

moins

less

modéré

at a moderate speed

non

not

peu

little

plus

more

presser

hurry

ralentir

slow down

retenu

held back

sans

without

très

very

un / une

one

vif

lively

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.

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