Definition of stringendo in US English:


adjective & adverb

  • (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 stringendi

  • A passage marked to be performed stringendo.

    • ‘The rubato and stringendi which Brahms actually prescribes in the finale's slow introduction are very well controlled.’
    • ‘Here, accelerandos and stringendos and rallantandos, and so forth are very important.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Italian, literally ‘squeezing, binding together’.