Definition of allargando in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (especially as a direction) getting slower and broader.

    • ‘There are constant indications in the score of riten, allargando, largamente, and so on, most of which you do seem to observe.’
    • ‘Masur simply, a bit austerely intoned the opening chorale of the Adagio, creating relief for the violins to effortlessly make their line in allargando unison to follow it very compellingly.’

nounPlural allargandos, Plural allargandi

  • An allargando passage.

    • ‘It was good for our preconceived notions of interpretation to be challenged, but occasionally what seemed strange pull-ups and allargandos, might have been considered perverse.’
    • ‘Maisky also puts in his own nuances, quite profusely, like the allargandos in the Vth Suite.’
    • ‘The coda is particularly forceful; in his score notes, Del Borgo says a slight allargando in the last two bars is possible for directors wishing to bring the piece to a more dramatic conclusion.’
    • ‘Though not intonation-perfect, Jo wowed at every opportunity, soaring and executing allargandos with effortless ease.’
    • ‘Where were the sforzandoes and allargandos I was accustomed to?’


Italian, ‘broadening’.