- 1 (plural crescendos or crescendi /-dē/) Music A gradual increase in loudness in a piece of music.More example sentences
- The second is a three-part lullaby and the finale a moto perpetuo in gradual crescendo.
- As Sora walked further down the hall, the redhead's sensitive ears picked up a gradual crescendo of a beautifully played piano.
- Instead, it had more of a gradual crescendo, a spirit to it that demanded a faster movement.
- 1.1 Music A passage of music marked to be performed with a gradual increase of loudness.More example sentences
- The musical phraseology was convincing, and the crescendos and decrescendos were accurately measured and performed.
- The final crescendo was stunningly articulated!
- As crescendo after crescendo uplifts the piece, the group becomes more and more abrasive and unforgiving.
- 1.2The loudest point reached in a gradually increasing sound: Debra’s voice was rising to a crescendoMore example sentences
- A great babble of voices all rose to a crescendo of sound that could only be the prelude to panic.
- Excited chattering rose to a crescendo in the auditorium as the sound of the fast-moving convoy fell upon the ears of those at the back of the crowd.
- Comedy sound effects come to a crescendo as the abused machine finally collapses in a heap of scrap metal.
- 1.3A progressive increase in force or intensity: a crescendo of miseryMore example sentences
- It was a fitting crescendo to a remarkable exhibition.
- What followed was a rising crescendo in which he saw glorious opportunities for the future, the future in particular of left-of-centre politics.
- Although many speakers struck bland notes individually, together these became a crescendo of shared concern.
- 1.4The most intense point reached in this; a climax: the negative reviews reached a crescendo in mid-FebruaryMore example sentences
- In early April, this propaganda campaign reached a crescendo.
- As the vocal chords stretched, the cheering reached a crescendo.
- But the excitement reached a crescendo when the dance floor was thrown open.
adverb & adjectiveMusic Back to top
- With a gradual increase in loudness: [as adjective]: a short crescendo kettledrum rollMore example sentences
- Each goal is honoured with the crescendo beat of drums and the noise is increased by the cheers of the successful party.
- Reversing the crescendo pattern used by so many instrumental bands, the song begins with booming drums and layers of distorted bass, high-end guitars, and uplifting piano.
verb (crescendoes, crescendoing, crescendoed)[no object] Back to top
- Increase in loudness or intensity: the reluctant cheers began to crescendoMore example sentences
- More laughter from the audience, which crescendoed as Kelly began actually discussing the things, in terms of their visual history and morphology.
- It's also there in the way he ends notes in the verses, crescendoing and pitching up and then choking them off suddenly, cutting the sound short.
- Soon, the faint pitter-patter crescendoed into the staccato of heavy drops falling on Heinrich's poncho.
late 18th century: Italian, present participle of crescere 'to increase', from Latin crescere 'grow'.
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