adverb, adjective, & noun (plural ritardandos or ritardandi /ˌrɪtɑːˈdandi/)Music
Another term for rallentando.
- 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.
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