Grade 5 Italian and German Musical Terms

In this post, we’re going to cover all the grade 5 performance directions you need to know for the ABRSM grade 5 music theory exam.

I’ve listed them all below.

The good news is, there aren’t that many that you have to learn…

The bad news is, they’re all in Italian… and German…

To download a free printout of all the musical terms you need to know just click the button below.

The Italian Musical Terms You Need To Know

First, we’ll start with all the Italian terms for the grade 5 exam.

These are a mixture of tempo markings, dynamics and other directions.

We’ve got a quiz after to see how well you’ve learnt all the meanings and definitions.

But first, let’s have a look at them all.

Grade 5 Italian TermsDefinition
attaccago straight on to the next section of music
dolentesad, mournful
doloregrief
doppiomovimento twice as fast
estinoas soft as possible, lifeless
incalzandogetting quicker
lacrimososad
locoat the normal pitch (used to cancel an 8va direction)
lungalong
lusingandocoaxing, in a sweet and persuasive style
misurameasure
ossiaor, alternatively
piacevolepleasant
piangevoleplaintive, in the style of a lament
pochettino, poch.rather little
rinforzando, rf, rfzreinforcing
seguego straight on
smorzando, smorz.dying away in tone and speed
teneramente, tenerezzatenderly, tenderness
tostoswift, rapid
volanteflying, fast


Grade 5 Theory Italian Terms Quiz

Time to test how well you know these words. 

Try the quiz below before moving on to all the German words.


The German Terms You Need To Know

Guten tag!

Now we’re on to the German terms that you need to have learned for the ABRSM music theory exam. 

Thankfully there aren’t too many words to learn.

Only 26.

Shall we get started?

Grade 5 German TermsDefinition
aber
but
ausdruck
expression
bewegtwith movement, agitated
breit
broad, expansive
ein
a, one
einfach
simple
etwas
somewhat, rather
fröhlich
cheerful, joyful
immer
always
langsam
slow
lebhaft
lively
mässig
at a moderate speed
mitwith
nichtnot
ohnewithout
ruhigpeaceful
schnellfast
sehr
very
süss
sweet
traurig
sad
und
and
voll
full
weniglittle
wieder
again
zart
tender, delicate
zuto, too


Grade 5 German Terms Quiz

Time to test yourself on the german terms.

Ready for the quiz?

Test your knowledge of the german terms for the grade 5 exam

At grade 5, you’ll also need to know all the Italian and French performance directions from grades 1, 2, 3 and 4.

To head over to see how well you know those terms you can click the links below:

If you have an exam coming up I’d also recommend taking some of our grade 5 practice papers to help you prepare for the questions that could come up.

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