[dee-kri-shen-doh, dey-; Italian de-kre-shen-daw]Music.
- gradually reducing force or loudness; diminuendo (opposed to crescendo).
- a gradual reduction in force or loudness.
- a decrescendo passage.
Origin of decrescendo
1800–10; < Italian, gerund of decrescere; see decrease
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Examples from the Web for decrescendo
A descending passage, as a return to tranquillity, requires a decrescendo.For Every Music Lover
Aubertine Woodward Moore
He made a decrescendo tinkling, and his lofty features lapsed into their normal mournfulness.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Decrescendo (or diminuendo) al pianissimo means—decrease gradually in power until the pianissimo (or very soft) point is reached.Music Notation and Terminology
Karl W. Gehrkens
When she had to sustain a note for a couple of bars, I was surprised at the beauty of her crescendo and decrescendo.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)
When she sustains her voice for a couple of bars, I am quite surprised at the beauty of her crescendo and decrescendo.The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vol. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- another word for diminuendo
Italian, from decrescere to decrease
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Word Origin and History for decrescendo
1806, from Italian decrescendo, from Latin decrescere (see decrease (v.)).
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