Meaning of smorzando in English:


Pronunciation /smɔːˈtsandəʊ/


  • (especially as a direction) in a way that dies away.

    ‘the quarter-notes of the bass might be detached and played smorzando’
    • ‘Only from bar 72 with the transition into the coda can you ease up slightly on the tempo, with a marked smorzando in bar 75 and a poco rallentando in bar 80.’
    • ‘Now amidst forte and breathless speed the music whirls furiously in a wash of G-minor arpeggios until calando and smorzando signal the performer to slow, to ebb and finally to ritenuto to the sublime second theme of the Ballade.’
    • ‘The work begins with the first pianist, marked Rapid, playing a rather Skryabinesque six-note figure ppp and smorzando, with the instruction ` Continue quite independently of the beat of the second Piano part ’, the only example that springs to mind of an aleatoric effect in Bax's music.’
    • ‘After a violent piano interlude and a brief return to the first tempo, the next section (‘Beneath the skin and kept apart… ") is marked ‘Vivo e smorzando" and has the low sustained G#3 requiring some mezzoforte to forte volume - but also with some alternate notes if the singer does not have the volume that low.’


  • (of music) dying away.

    • ‘the smorzando section is very eerie and foreshadows the violence of the rest of the piece’


Italian, literally ‘extinguishing’.