(also ritard /riˈtärd/) Music
(Especially as a direction) with a gradual decrease of tempo.
- No deviations from this basic pulse are indicated - no accelerando or ritardando - but the avoidance of repeated rhythmic patterns prevents the emergence of any phrase-structure comparable to Schumann's.
- When the trumpets entered, their ascending phrase was ritardando to a degree, allowing a gradual and more dramatic crescendo too.
noun (plural ritardandos or ritardandi /-ˈdändē/)
A gradual decrease in tempo.
- It is sometimes a bit too easy and didactic to consistently underline such things as radical modulations or harmonic shifts, by means of accentuation, rhetorical pauses, ritardandos, etc.
- He knew exactly where the accelerations and ritardandos should be, and when the lilt was most important.
- At that time, detailed research into historical performance practice was still limited, which accounts for the massive final ritardandi and other features which would now be questioned.
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