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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.]
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(ækˌsɛləˈrændəʊ) music
adj, adv
(Classical Music) (to be performed) with increasing speed
n, pl -dos
(Classical Music) an increase in speed
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(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]
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getting gradually faster
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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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* Study all tempi (metronome markings, meters, ritar-dando, accelerando, etc.); already you are learning the piece, gaining an understanding of its form, style, and pacing.
The finale is taken at quite a lick as Noseda rightly follows his instincts and tradition, rather than the score, with an accelerando which makes for a bravura climax.
Suddenly, the driver begins to get impatient in a traffic jam, increases speed and suffers an accident, fortunately an ambulance arrives, also announced by the horn." The student is asked to accelerando and rallentando as the car proceeds on its trip, and then honk the horn at appropriate times.
During the listening, have students learn the terminology including dynamics, legato, pizzicato, alto and tenor clefs, fragment, accelerando, and the members of the string quartet.
The author of the Merchant Princess series, the Laundry series, and a number of standalone novel, including Glasshouse (2006), Accelerando (2005), and Saturn's Children (2008), Charles Stross is a three-time Hugo Award winner.
7): Caractere libre, virtuose, accelerando et harmoniquement instable (marche).
The preludes, while following the established trend of writing one prelude in each of the major and minor keys, also employ 20th-century compositional techniques such as planing, quartal and quintal harmonies, unmetered pieces, feathered beam accelerando and time brackets.
Sonic figures such as accelerando (the speeding up of tempo) or rallentando (slowing down of tempo) modify urgency (Augoyard and Torgue 2005).
Indeed, Licad astounded up to the end with the last ascending scale and bombastic octave work building up in accelerando in which the passages could not have accelerated in velocity any more than Licad played.