Definition of accelerando in English:

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accelerando

Pronunciation: /äkˌseləˈrändō/ Pronunciation: /äˌCHeləˈrändō/
Music

adjective& adverb

With a gradual increase of speed (used chiefly as a direction).

noun (plural accelerandos or accelerandi /-dē/)

An accelerando passage.
Example sentences
  • This is one of the least metronomic recordings I know, and yet the concerto holds its shape because a basic pulse has been maintained, in spite of the accelerandi and rallentandi.
  • By most all accounts the evening was a success, with one local critic lauding the orchestra's ‘exciting accelerandos and heart-stopping rubatos.’
  • You have to watch out for the small accelerandi.

Origin

Italian.

Words that rhyme with accelerando

bandeau, Brando, glissando, Orlando

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ac·cel·er·an·do

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