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Related to rallentando: ritardando


Music becoming slower



in musical notation, a term designating a smooth, gradual slowing of tempo. It is synonymous with ritardando and close in meaning to ritenuto.

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edited without Faure's control, makes a cynical atrocity of this, heading the song Allegretto vezzoso [= simpering] and adding mawkish rallentandos at every opportunity.
The film cuts back inside the German quarters and the music is heard more robustly; the camera arcs around the space to show the singers and players and, in imitation of the uplifting, rallentando ending, tilts upwards to settle on framed portraits of the Kaiser and his wife.
is followed by the drawn out rallentando of the emphasized "But if