Definition of Ritardando

1. Adjective. Gradually decreasing in tempo.

Exact synonyms: Rallentando, Rit., Ritenuto
Similar to: Decreasing



Definition of Ritardando

1. a. Retarding; -- a direction for slower time; rallentado.

Definition of Ritardando

1. Adverb. (music) Gradually decelerating the tempo of a piece of music, especially at the end of the piece. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ritardando

1. [n -DOS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ritardando

ristocetin
ristorante
ristorantes
ristra
ristras
ristretto
ristrettos
risus
risus caninus
risus sardonicus
risuses
rit
rit.
ritanserin
ritard
ritardando (current term)
ritardandos
ritards
rite
riteless
ritenuto
ritenutos
rites
ritodrine
ritonavir
ritonavirs
ritornel
ritornelli

Literary usage of Ritardando

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1. The Principles of Expression in Pianoforte Playing by Adolph Friedrich Christiani (1885)
"A suddenly slower tempo is not a ritardando. I do not refer to those general changes of tempo which occur at the beginning of a new movement, or sometimes ..."

2. The Principles of Expression in Pianoforte Playing by Adolph Friedrich Christiani (1885)
"A suddenly slower tempo is not a ritardando. I do not refer to those general changes of tempo which occur at the beginning of a new movement, or sometimes ..."

3. Music (1893)
"ritardando implies a slackening of speed by degrees, and accelerando a gradual ... ritardando and accelerando can be applied to any part or portion of ..."

4. Expression in Singing: A Practical Study of Means and Ends by Henry Stuart Kirkland (1916)
"An accelerando is a passage in which each succeeding pulse is made gradually shorter than its predecessor, while in a ritardando each succeeding pulse is ..."

5. The Dove of Peace: Comic Opera in Three Acts by Walter Damrosch, Wallace Irwin, Abraham Wolf Lilienthal (1912)
"... Hildegarde cresc. e ritardando Talked and talked and talked and talked and Sang- and sang* and sang- and sang and cresc. e ritardando talked and tal ..."

6. Tempo Rubato and Other Essays by Constantin von Sternberg (1920)
"In conjunction with the rubato question I should like to say a word about its first cousin, the occasional, annotated or prescribed ritardando or ritenuto, ..."

7. Hymns and Songs for the Sunday School by Harold Lewars (1914)
"... and be joy - ful, be joy - ful, be joy-ful, be joy- fill, О earth. -I—h ritardando L- - . ... ritardando Li I я -• ~ F- -G*- -в"-- л tempo ..."

8. On Musical Execution: An Attempt at a Systematic Exposition of the Same by Otto Klauwell (1890)
"Here the latter consideration gains the day, being supported by A 12, which requires a ritardando before beginning the Repetition in a Sonata; ..."

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