accelerando

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accelerando

Music
1. (to be performed) with increasing speed
2. an increase in speed
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I am inclined to agree with Gann's statement, with the following modification: it was Nancarrow's conception of accelerando, focusing on duration rather than tempo, which limited its compositional value, rather than any limitations inherent in large-scale accelerandi.
While pieces from the 1970s and earlier are typically ametrical--with supple, ever-changing rhythmic configurations, grace notes, and accelerandi and ritardandi within a single beat--more recent pieces are just as likely to employ a constant underlying pulsation.