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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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1 (1950-51); the haunting sense of movement and yet stasis as the accelerando and ritardando piano and harpsichord seem to pass each other (or become each other) while standing still (or remaining themselves) in the center movement of the Double Concerto; the sense of one conception evolving out of another--generative and yet inexorably new--in the Variations for Orchestra; the floating, ineffable melodies of the strings against the clanging, massive chords of multiple orchestras in the Symphony of Three Orchestras; and the dramatic dialogue between impassioned chords and urgent runs in Night Fantasies.
7) Charles Stross's novel Accelerando, in which financial instruments themselves become self aware and thus AI entities in their own right, is a more direct use of a science fiction trope to explore some of the tendencies of global capitalism.
Such qualities as tension and relaxation, crescendo and diminuendo, accelerando and ritardando may be applied to emotions and interactions as well as to music.
The entire final chapter, which summarizes Ives' use of avant-garde techniques such as cluster glissandos, nonsynchronized accelerando, and polythematic hemiola, is sufficiently technical as to leave even a few music scholars in left field.
These were achieved musically through dynamic interruptions, eccentric or unusual rhythms/rhythmic developments, unexpected wrong notes, unprepared dissonances, awkward intervals, inexplicable harmonizations, accelerando, and glissandi.
There are also bridges in the music where Wagner has an accelerando over a few bars to a new tempo.
Whether to take an accelerando before the coda was clearly secondary.
The second movement, which is a single massive accelerando, takes more time before its quality is fully appreciated.
Baptista can also summon from birds the rhythm and volume modulations that human composers employ: an accelerando in the wood warbler's windup, a swelling crescendo from the Heuglin's robin-chat, a fading diminuendo from the Swainson's thrush, and so on.
A few months later, Auster capitulated and re-enrolled, but how bracing, nonetheless, is his wild accelerando of refusals, his "I quit," "I quit," "I quit"