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. The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature of Nancarrow's conception of accelerando, and the manner in which his approach to acceleration canons limited the structural elements which proved so useful in the straight tempo canons.
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.