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Monday, January 05, 2015

Definitions for rallentando

  1. slackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction).

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Citations for rallentando
Sir Norman, a marked rallentando there please, a marked rallentando there. Professor Sevchik always insisted. It is consequent and logical as well as pleasing to the ear and that passage following should be taken like this. Ralph Cusack, Cadenza, 1958
On the other hand, he would become quite depressed if he had to stop in the middle of a verse, and he was quite capable of rowing rallentando if he desired to synchronise his two conclusions. Ian Hay, A Man's Man, 1909
Origin of rallentando
1805-1815
Rallentando is the Italian gerund of the word rallentare, which means "to slow down."