(Especially as a direction) dying away.
- Only from bar 72 with the transition into the coda can you ease up slightly on the tempo, with a marked smorzando in bar 75 and a poco rallentando in bar 80.
- Now amidst forte and breathless speed the music whirls furiously in a wash of G-minor arpeggios until calando and smorzando signal the performer to slow, to ebb and finally to ritenuto to the sublime second theme of the Ballade.
- The work begins with the first pianist, marked Rapid, playing a rather Skryabinesque six-note figure ppp and smorzando, with the instruction ` Continue quite independently of the beat of the second Piano part ’, the only example that springs to mind of an aleatoric effect in Bax's music.
Italian, literally 'extinguishing'.
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