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adjective, adverb, & noun
- as noun ‘the decrescendo of distant thunder’another term for diminuendoas adjective ‘a decrescendo heart murmur’
- ‘Zinman did not quite observe Elgar's arduous modulations, some within the span of a mere two-to-three bars, from crescendo and pianissimo to decrescendo and fortissimo.’
- ‘For example, Fabio Grasso has a tendency to end phrases with a dying fall; a slight ritard and decrescendo.’
- ‘Instead of merely playing the whole piece as softly as possible, we play opposite dynamics: forte where it should be piano, a decrescendo where there should be a crescendo.’
- ‘The acoustic instruments beautify the noise that surrounds them, and the music is almost triumphant by the time it hits its closing decrescendo.’
- ‘I heard him ask, but his voice was just a faint decrescendo.’
- ‘The climax occurred a little more than an hour in when John played a 10 minute version of ‘Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time) ‘that felt like it never was going to end with decrescendos and crescendos.’’
- ‘It was followed by a mournful decrescendo that filled the clearing with sadness.’
- ‘Intonation, a command of decrescendo and true unison, and just plain running out of breath become the technical challenges singers must meet.’
- ‘His poor control of a decrescendo on a long, high note in the first song rings alarm bells, and his richness of timbre deserts him in Serenade florentine.’
- ‘Professors argue endlessly whether diminuendo or decrescendo means getting softer; others regard decrescendo as becoming softer and slower.’
- ‘The crescendo and decrescendos of Zacks' third track, to me, stand for the successes and failures of existence.’
- ‘Teaching students to discover this climax point of the phrase and focus their practice on executing a beautifully gradual crescendo / decrescendo becomes an addition to their strategies and goals.’
- ‘Wally Cardona worked reductively in a new piece titled Him, There, Them, removing production elements in each of three sections - a scenic decrescendo.’
- ‘When the coyotes howl it seems they are beyond the edge of the world, surely falling… or leaping over the plate's rim, taking their sad decrescendos with them.’
- ‘Furthermore, the crescendos and decrescendos need to be better managed.’
- ‘The musical phraseology was convincing, and the crescendos and decrescendos were accurately measured and performed.’
- ‘‘Dancing Raindrops’ encourages musical artistry with phrases notated with crescendo and decrescendo throughout.’
- ‘He played quite well, especially the wind instruments, but simply couldn't make up for all the lost musicians, and the judges finally stopped him when he started humming the decrescendos.’
- ‘His voice fell into a decrescendo at the climax of his argument.’
- ‘She turned it slightly, and the car started with a load roar, and then there was a decrescendo into an inviting purr… a weird combination of the traditional piston and the new-age rotary technology.’
Early 19th century: Italian, literally ‘decreasing’.
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