Definition of accelerando in English:

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accelerando

Pronunciation: /əkˌsɛləˈrandəʊ/
/əˌtʃɛləˈrandəʊ/
Music

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) with a gradual increase of speed.

noun (plural accelerandos or accelerandi /əkˌsɛləˈrandi/ /əˌtʃɛləˈrandi/)

An accelerando passage: the first movement’s long accelerando
More example sentences
  • This is one of the least metronomic recordings I know, and yet the concerto holds its shape because a basic pulse has been maintained, in spite of the accelerandi and rallentandi.
  • By most all accounts the evening was a success, with one local critic lauding the orchestra's ‘exciting accelerandos and heart-stopping rubatos.’
  • You have to watch out for the small accelerandi.

Origin

Italian.

Words that rhyme with accelerando

bandeau, Brando, glissando, Orlando

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Line breaks: ac¦cel¦er|ando

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