Grade 5 Italian and German Musical Terms

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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
attacca
go straight on to the next section of music
dolente
sad, mournful
dolore
grief
doppio
movimento twice as fast
estino
as soft as possible, lifeless
incalzando
getting quicker
lacrimoso
sad
loco
at the normal pitch (used to cancel an 8va direction)
lunga
long
lusingando
coaxing, in a sweet and persuasive style
misura
measure
ossia
or, alternatively
piacevolepleasant
piangevole
plaintive, in the style of a lament
pochettino, poch.
rather little
rinforzando, rf, rfz
reinforcing
seguego straight on
smorzando, smorz.
dying away in tone and speed
teneramente, tenerezza
tenderly, tenderness
tosto
swift, rapid
volante
flying, 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
leghaft
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 french 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:

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

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