Definition of decrescendo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdiːkrɪˈʃɛndəʊ/

noun (plural decrescendos), adverb& adjective

Another term for diminuendo. [as noun]: the decrescendo of distant thunder [as adjective]: a decrescendo heart murmur
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  • Instead of merely playing the whole piece as softly as possible, we play opposite dynamics: forte where it should be piano, a decrescendo where there should be a crescendo.
  • Furthermore, the crescendos and decrescendos need to be better managed.
  • ‘Dancing Raindrops’ encourages musical artistry with phrases notated with crescendo and decrescendo throughout.


Early 19th century: Italian, literally 'decreasing'.

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