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ri·tar·dan·do

 (rē′tär-dän′dō)
adv. & adj. Music
Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, present participle of ritardare, to slow down, from Latin retardāre; see retard1.]

ritardando

(ˌrɪtɑːˈdændəʊ)
adj, adv
(Classical Music) another term for rallentandoAbbreviation: rit
[C19: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down]

ri•tar•dan•do

(ˌri tɑrˈdɑn doʊ)

adj., adv.
Music. becoming gradually slower.
[1805–15; < Italian, ger. of ritardare; see retard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ritardando - gradually decreasing in tempo
decreasing - music
References in periodicals archive ?
Organic ritardandos are proportionate, accounting for subdivisions while gradually slowing.
The musical elements that have an activating effect are unpredictable tempo changes, unpredictable or sudden shifts in intensity, rhythm, timbre, harmony, unexpected dissonances, unexpected accents, hard timbres, lack of structure or musical form, accelerandos, ritardandos, crescendos and diminuendos unexpected, and surprising cut on the music.
The tenth and the sixteenth dances tempt to sentiment, while the absence of great ritardandos and the rather brisker tempos makes the lyrical charge more forcible and veritable.
Los elementos musicales que influyen a un efecto estimulante son los siguientes: cambios impredecibles en el tempo, cambios impredecibles o subitos en volumen, ritmo, timbre, afinacion (alturas) o armonia, amplias variaciones en la textura de la musica, disonancias inesperadas, acentos inesperados, timbres duros, falta de la estructura y de la forma musical, accelerandos, ritardandos, crescendos y diminuendos inesperados y cortes inesperados en la musica.
Once again, Carter asks for big ritardandos in the passages of sentiment ("You, of course, are a rose") before returning to the original jaunty Allegro con moto.
Es el tema mas expresivo y melancolico de cuantos ha expuesto el compositor a lo largo de la pieza, y en el que emplea ritardandos para contribuir a una mayor expresividad y producir tension y reposo.
Even the ritardandos and accelerandos are performed with immaculate.
Es una musica que mantiene la homogeneidad agogica pues no emplea ritardandos ni elementos que retrasen el movimiento, salvo redobles en la caja o trinos prolongados durante dos o tres compases que crean cierta tension.
Es mas: explorando distintas velocidades de rotacion de las cintas, se podian combinar "voces" diferentes de un modo complejo en accelerandos y ritardandos simultaneos.
41, and exaggerated ritardandos, making his "Jupiter" a somewhat different listening experience than we are used to.
In trying to account for the spectator's sense of tempo, however, it seems important to consider how the variable rhythms of editing, speaking, and figure movement interact and how they help to articulate the rhythm of the film as a whole, its accelerandos and ritardandos.
The ritardandos, the fermatas, and the unmeasured parts of the "Spiral" section, however, cause the work to exceed the calculated duration by about ten minutes.