Definition of smorzando in English:

smorzando

adjective & adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) dying away.

    • ‘Only from bar 72 with the transition into the coda can you ease up slightly on the tempo, with a marked smorzando in bar 75 and a poco rallentando in bar 80.’
    • ‘The work begins with the first pianist, marked Rapid, playing a rather Skryabinesque six-note figure ppp and smorzando, with the instruction ` Continue quite independently of the beat of the second Piano part ’, the only example that springs to mind of an aleatoric effect in Bax's music.’
    • ‘After a violent piano interlude and a brief return to the first tempo, the next section (‘Beneath the skin and kept apart… ") is marked ‘Vivo e smorzando" and has the low sustained G#3 requiring some mezzoforte to forte volume - but also with some alternate notes if the singer does not have the volume that low.’
    • ‘Now amidst forte and breathless speed the music whirls furiously in a wash of G-minor arpeggios until calando and smorzando signal the performer to slow, to ebb and finally to ritenuto to the sublime second theme of the Ballade.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘extinguishing’.

Pronunciation

smorzando

/smɔːˈtsandəʊ/