Test your knowledge of musical terms


Composers use Italian words for musical terms to tell us how they want their music to be played. How well do you know these terms? Take the quiz below to find out…

(Written with the collaboration of the students of the ‘Italian Stage 4 Morning Course with Croissant’ and Italian Stage 5 Camminando gli antichi sentieri in Italia)

1. The musical term for ‘slow’ is

A – Andante

B – Presto

C – Moderato

D – Adagio

2. Legato means

A – Stiffly

B – Smoothly

C – Crisply

D – Slowly

3 . Rallentando means

A – Gradually getting faster

B – Stopping quickly

C- Gradually getting slower

D- Pause

4. Poco means

A – Half

B -A little

C- Held back

D- Loud

5. Largo indicates a

A – Instrument

B – Type of conducting

C – (slow) speed of play

D- Strength of sound

6. Forte is used to express a

A – Type of conducting

B – Instrument

C – Speed of play

D- Strength of sound

7. Which of these terms means ‘in a singing style’?

A – Andante

B – Cantabile

C – Allegretto

D- Crescendo

8. Which term means ‘gradually getting quieter’?

A – Descrescendo

B – Crescendo

C – Ritardando

D- Rallentando

9. What is the term to repeat from the beginning?

A – Ritenuto

B -Dal Segno

C – Fine

D- Da Capo

10. The ending ‘-issimo’ in musical terms is used to

A – Indicate a change of tempo

B – Accentuate an instruction

C – Signal an ending

D- Signal a repeat


  1. D
  2. B
  3. C
  4. B
  5. C
  6. D
  7. B
  8. A
  9. D
  10. B