(rall.) rallentando

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Definition:

The Italian musical term rallentando (lit. “slowing down”) is a gradual decrease in speed similar to a that of a ritardando, but with more of a rolling stop effect; a lazy deceleration of the tempo that seems to have less certainty and drama than the ritardando.

See ritenuto and allargando.

Also Known As:

  • en ralentissant; ralentissez (Fr)
  • verlangsamend; verbreiternd (Ger)
Pronunciation: rall'-en-TAHN-doh