Definition of rallentando in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌralənˈtandəʊ/

adverb& adjective

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

noun (plural rallentandos or rallentandi /ˌralənˈtandi/)

A gradual decrease in speed: the passage is marked by extravagant rallentandos [mass noun]: the music moves on without rallentando or pause
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  • 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.
  • But Bacon's version of the piece on this disc, with its built in rallentandos, is charming and convincing.
  • These are done with all kinds of rubatos, rallentandos, underlining, and overacting.


Italian, literally 'slowing down', from the verb rallentare.

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