(decresc.) decrescendo

Decrescendo in piano music.
A decrescendo leading to piano. Image © Brandy Kraemer

Definition: The Italian musical command decrescendo (abbreviated decresc.) is an indication to gradually decrease the volume of the music.

The musical symbol for decrescendo is a narrowing angle, often followed by another dynamics command (see image).

Opposite of crescendo.


Also Known As:

Pronunciation: dee'-creh-SHEN-doh

Common Misspellings: descrescendo, decresendo

More Italian Musical Terms:

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