Definition of rubato in English:
noun (plural rubatos or rubati /-ti/)
(also tempo rubato) The temporary disregarding of strict tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening, usually without altering the overall pace.
- There had been some flaccid rubatos in the preceding Allegro Assai and there were some underplayed syncopations in the Minuet and Trio but the cheer it received was well earned.
- Performers who play together on a regular basis always time their entry cues precisely and instinctively, shaping and moulding their tempi and rubati accordingly.
- How do you actually control your rubati without disturbing the flow, so that it knits into the textures, rhythmic line and overall character?
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Performed with rubato: a rubato phrase
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- Author C. Palmer examined three aspects of timing in piano performance that are not explicitly notated in the score: chord asynchronies, rubato patterns and legato/staccato patterns.
- He also creates a rubato feel, carefully notated by his tempo indications.
- Philip warns, however, that while references to rhythmic freedom are common they ‘give no positive information about what actually happens to the rhythm during a rubato passage’.
Italian, literally 'robbed'.
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