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adverb & adjectiveMusic
(especially as a direction) with a gradual decrease of tempo; rallentando.
- ‘When the trumpets entered, their ascending phrase was ritardando to a degree, allowing a gradual and more dramatic crescendo too.’
- ‘No deviations from this basic pulse are indicated - no accelerando or ritardando - but the avoidance of repeated rhythmic patterns prevents the emergence of any phrase-structure comparable to Schumann's.’
A gradual decrease in tempo; a rallentando.
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