Definition of allargando in English:


adverb & adjective

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are constant indications in the score of riten, allargando, largamente, and so on, most of which you do seem to observe.’


  • An allargando passage.

    • ‘Maisky also puts in his own nuances, quite profusely, like the allargandos in the Vth Suite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.