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adv. & adj. Music
Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, present participle of ritardare, to slow down, from Latin retardāre; see retard1.]


adj, adv
(Classical Music) another term for rallentandoAbbreviation: rit
[C19: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down]


(ˌri tɑrˈdɑn doʊ)

adj., adv.
Music. becoming gradually slower.
[1805–15; < Italian, ger. of ritardare; see retard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ritardando - gradually decreasing in tempo
decreasing - music
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Accelerandos and ritardandos sound most convincing when they're in response to melodic shapes that would cause the same effect in the physical world.
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Even the ritardandos and accelerandos are performed with immaculate.
it builds the dynamics smoothly and sensitively, and all the rubatos, ritardandos and accelerandos are logical and delicate.
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In trying to account for the spectator's sense of tempo, however, it seems important to consider how the variable rhythms of editing, speaking, and figure movement interact and how they help to articulate the rhythm of the film as a whole, its accelerandos and ritardandos.
When the student is fully capable of imitating these rhythms, gradually add elements of fluctuating tempos such as accelerandos and ritardandos to illustrate how music does not have to be so rigid.
These signs are vast and cover phrasing but also dynamics such as crescendo and diminuendo, descending glissandi, ritardandos, fermatas, accelerandos and much more.