[rah-luh n-tahn-doh; Italian rahl-len-tahn-daw]

Origin of rallentando

1805–15; < Italian, gerund of rallentare to slow down; see lento
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Examples from the Web for rallentando

Historical Examples of rallentando

  • Evening has come; there is a twilight tinge to the music; it is "dolce," "expressione," and "rallentando."

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

  • Or we can gradually increase or decrease our tempo, creating accelerando and rallentando effects.

    Irradiations; Sand and Spray

    John Gould Fletcher

  • Teach yourself to make a rallentando evenly by watching the drops of water cease as you turn off a tap.

    Theodor Leschetizky

    Annette Hullah

  • Such a rallentando effect is like the apparent pause in the rush of a river before it thunders over a precipice.


    William Archer

British Dictionary definitions for rallentando


adjective, adverb
  1. music becoming slowerAbbreviation: rall Also: ritardando, ritenuto

Word Origin for rallentando

C19: Italian, from rallentare to slow down
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