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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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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.
Franck's runaway accelerandos and torrential outbursts of emotion have rarely sounded more natural or more necessary.
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.
Accelerandos and ritardandos sound most convincing when they're in response to melodic shapes that would cause the same effect in the physical world.
Even the ritardandos and accelerandos are performed with immaculate.
Some sublime trombone playing made this a particularly memorable movement and the stately ending, with some subtle accelerandos, made for an excellent performance of a work which combines a dramatic and epic struggle with moments of tranquil introspection before the composer can lead the audience to a positive conclusion.
In song, the prosodic (intonational and emotional) aspects of everyday language--the ups and downs of pitch, pauses or rests, stresses or accents, crescendos and diminuendos of dynamics, accelerandos and rallentandos of tempo--are exaggerated (lengthened and otherwise emphasized), patterned, repeated, varied, and so forth--made special.
Bepler's spacious, fretful composition--all orphaned plucks, drones, accelerandos, and martial percussion--underwrote a series of characteristically allusive rituals.