Definition of ritardando in English:

ritardando

Line breaks: rit¦ar|dando
Pronunciation: /ˌrɪtɑːˈdandəʊ
 
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adverb , adjective , & noun (plural ritardandos or ritardandi /-di/)

Music
  • another term for rallentando.
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    • 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.

Origin

Italian.

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