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 (ä-chĕl′ə-rän′dō) Music
adv. & adj.
Gradually accelerating or quickening in time. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. ac·cel·er·an·dos
An accelerando passage or movement.

[Italian, present participle of accelerare, to hasten, from Latin accelerāre; see accelerate.]


(ækˌsɛləˈrændəʊ) music
adj, adv
(Classical Music) (to be performed) with increasing speed
n, pl -dos
(Classical Music) an increase in speed


(ækˌsɛl əˈræn doʊ, -ˈrɑn-, ɑˌtʃɛl-)

adv., adj.
gradually increasing in speed (used as a musical direction).
[1835–45; < Italian < Latin accelerandus, ger. of accelerāre to speed up]


getting gradually faster
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accelerando - a gradually increasing tempo of musicaccelerando - a gradually increasing tempo of music; "my ear will not accept such violent accelerandos"
pacing, tempo - (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
Adj.1.accelerando - gradually increasing in tempoaccelerando - gradually increasing in tempo  
increasing - music
Adv.1.accelerando - with increasing speedaccelerando - with increasing speed; "here you must play accelerando"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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When discussing Faure's music, he concludes that gradual, architectural accelerandi are often implied, providing examples from the score, his personal performance experience, and accounts of Faure's own performing as well.
In particular, I was drawn to "Samba II" (great melody, interesting texture changes, fast rhythmic appeal); "Beguine" (an improvisational adventure, accelerandi and quarter note triplets); "Mambo" (an easier fast piece with a catchy hook); and "Samba III" (the collection's finale, worthy of its placement.)
And moments of fantasy abounded - the ringing, orchestral colouring in the central outbursts of Op.26's Andante, the sudden, flamboyantly virtuosic flight that concluded Op.27 No.1, and the tiny accelerandi that made the tops of phrases dance in the finale of the 'Pastoral'.