ABRSM Grade 1 Performance Directions

All the Italian Terms needed for passing Associate Board Grade 1 Theory music exam
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accelerando
gradually getting quicker
adagio
slow
allegretto
fairly quick (but not as quick as allegro)
allegro
quick (literally 'cheerful')
andante
ata medium ('walking') speed
cantabile
in a singing style
crescendo (or cresc.)
gradually getting louder
da capo (or D.C.)
repeat from the beginning
dal segno (or D.S.)
repeat from the sign
decrescendo (or decresc.)
gradually getting quieter
fine
the end
f (=forte)
loud
ff (=fortissimo)
very loud
legato
smoothly
lento
slow
mezzo
half
mf (=mezzo forte)
moderately loud (literally 'half' loud)
mp (=mezzo piano)
moderately quiet (literally 'half' quiet)
moderato
moderately
allegro moderato
moderately quick
p (=piano)
quiet
pp (=pianissimo)
very quiet
poco
a little
rallentando (or rall.)
gradually getting slower
ritardando (or rittard. or rit.)
gradually getting slower
ritenuto (or riten. or rit.)
held back
staccato (or stacc.)
detached
tempo
speed, tempo
a tempo
in time