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 (ro͞o-bä′tō) Music
n. pl. ru·ba·tos
Rhythmic flexibility within a phrase or measure; a relaxation of strict time.
Containing or characterized by rubato.

[Italian (tempo) rubato, stolen (time), rubato, past participle of rubare, to rob, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]


(ruːˈbɑːtəʊ) music
n, pl -tos
(Classical Music) flexibility of tempo in performance
adj, adv
(Classical Music) to be played with a flexible tempo
[C19: from the Italian phrase tempo rubato, literally: stolen time, from rubare to rob]


(ruˈbɑ toʊ)

adj., n., pl. -tos, -ti (-tē). Music. adj.
1. having certain notes arbitrarily lengthened while others are correspondingly shortened, or vice versa.
2. a rubato phrase or passage.
[1880–85; < Italian (tempo) rubato stolen (time), past participle of rubare to steal < Germanic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rubato - a flexible tempo; not strictly on the beat
pacing, tempo - (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
References in periodicals archive ?
Intuition is an important guide for experimenting with rhythmic flexibility and rubato.
This does cause me to create rubato in my playing and leads me to an understanding that Wolf's style may be more subtle in the kind of rubato he embraces, but that it is, indeed, a music filled with the rubato and romanticism--late romanticism at that.
If you try to make a stretch or rubato or any color change, you will be behind and you will be out of tune with the orchestra on the next bar.
In the pit, Enrico Calesso expressively shaped the preludes and was not averse to giving Verdi's music some life-affirming rubato from time to time.
3 was also illuminated by Park's fluent and even trills but his phrasing was rather stiff - a little rubato would not go amiss.
However new toilet facilities in the old Rubato basement cafe, and a new lift to reach all floors are yet to be completed.
Bhuyan's piano technique, called rubato, involves lingering on single, sustained notes with a rhythmic sense that slows down and speeds up like the ebb and flow of wind in trees or waves washing upon a beach.
While Carter's music is firmly planted, for a variety of reasons, on the objective side of the time continuum, the canon of so-called idiomatically written vocal music (Italian opera and late Romantic art song) leans decidedly to the subjective side of the time continuum--that is, it allows for and even depends on techniques of rubato and tenuto for its success in performance.
Hackleman's leisurely tempi and rubato allow for an aesthetically appropriate approach.
Vogt brought both crystalline clarity and well-weighted chording to his performance, confident enough in his accompanists to be able to add a discreet element of rubato where appropriate.
although Large writes in his notes that with the eighteenth and particularly nineteenth-century music on this disc the ensemble "implements the use of the Italian style" by "employing tempo rubato and extemporizing on the music itself.
Far more compelling, however, was his musical artistry, evident in the perfectly shaped phrases, the varied coloristic palette, and the use of rubato, so beloved by Chopin.