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
affettuoso
tenderly
affrettando
hurrying
amabileamiable, 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
nientenothing
nobilmente
nobly
perdendosidying away
possibilepossible
quasias 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 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.

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