having certain notes arbitrarily lengthened while others are correspondingly shortened, or vice versa.
a rubato phrase or passage.
a rubato performance.
in a rubato manner.
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How to use rubato in a sentence
Let us try if it is not possible to obtain a clearer notion of this mysterious tempo rubato.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
Above all, however, we have to keep in mind that the tempo rubato is a genus which comprehends numerous species.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
One seems to see the expression marks: piano, pianissimo, largamente, and just where the tempo rubato comes in.Plays, Acting and Music | Arthur Symons
His delicate pianissimo, the ever-changing modifications of tone and time (tempo rubato) were of indescribable effect.
The player was afterward highly extolled on account of his wonderful rubato effects.Memories of a Musical Life | William Mason
British Dictionary definitions for rubato
flexibility of tempo in performance
to be played with a flexible tempo
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