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.

Italian Terms

Definition

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

piacevole

pleasant

piangevole

plaintive, in the style of a lament

pochettino, poch.

rather little

rinforzando, rf, rfz

reinforcing

segue

go 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?

German Terms

Definition

aber

but

ausdruck

expression

bewegt

with 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

mit

with

nicht

not

ohne

without

ruhig

peaceful

schnell

fast

​​​​sehr

very

süss

sweet

traurig

sad

und

and

voll

full

wenig

little

wieder

again

zart

tender, delicate

zu

to, too

Grade 5 Theory German Terms Quiz

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:

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