(dim.) diminuendo

Diminuendo in piano music.
Diminuendo leading to piano. Image © Brandy Kraemer

Definition: The Italian musical term diminuendo (abbreviated dim.) literally means “diminishing,” and is an indication to gradually decrease the volume of the music. The musical symbol for diminuendo is a closing angle, often followed by another dynamics command (see image).

Opposite of crescendo.

Also Known As:

  • decrescendo (It)
  • en diminuant; devenir moins fort; s’affaiblissant (Fr)
  • verringernd; leiser werdend (Ger)
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