One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbMusic
(especially as a direction) with increasing speed.
- ‘I suggested stringendo applied to all the strings, while accelerando was just for the cellos.’
nounPlural stringendos, Plural stringendiMusic
A passage performed or marked to be performed with increasing speed.‘beginning with a marked stringendo, the final orchestral climax approaches’
- ‘Here, accelerandos and stringendos and rallantandos, and so forth are very important.’
- ‘In Wachet auf, five crescendi and stringendi markings appear simultaneously.’
- ‘Another example is the overworked ‘Prelude in C sharp minor,’ where he avoids extra-added stringendos in favor of a steadier tempo throughout.’
- ‘Once a series of stepped dynamics and stringendi have reached a passionate climax, the brief cadenza that follows is extended all the way to a low D.’
- ‘The rubato and stringendi which Brahms actually prescribes in the finale's slow introduction are very well controlled.’
Italian, literally ‘squeezing, binding together’.
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