The Definition of Ritenuto (Riten.)

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The Italian musical command Ritenuto (often abbreviated Riten.) is an indication to suddenly and temporarily decrease the tempo; to hold back for dramatic effect.

  • Note:┬áRitenuto is sometimes abbreviated rit., which also stands for ritardando.

Also Known As:

Pronunciation:

riht'-en-OO-doh (U.S.)

ree'-tten-OO-toh

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