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adjective & adverbMusic
(especially as a direction) with a gradual decrease of speed.
A gradual decrease in speed:‘the passage is marked by extravagant rallentandos’[mass noun] ‘the music moves on without rallentando or pause’
- ‘These are done with all kinds of rubatos, rallentandos, underlining, and overacting.’
- ‘The slowing down in music, referred to as rallentando, was compared to slow motion in film.’
- ‘This is one of the least metronomic recordings I know, and yet the concerto holds its shape because a basic pulse has been maintained, in spite of the accelerandi and rallentandi.’
- ‘But Bacon's version of the piece on this disc, with its built in rallentandos, is charming and convincing.’
- ‘Distortions such as the massive rallentando that brings the first movement to a close are the sorts of things Argenta would have worked out of his system if he had reached his 60s.’
Italian, literally slowing down, from the verb rallentare.
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