Definition of accelerando in English:



  • (especially as a direction) with a gradual increase of speed.

    ‘the second half of the song was always sung accelerando’


  • Gradually increasing in speed.

    ‘an accelerando passage leads to the proclamation’

nounaccelerandos, accelerandi

  • An accelerando passage.

    ‘the first movement's long accelerando’
    • ‘This is one of the least metronomic recordings I know, and yet the concerto holds its shape because a basic pulse has been maintained, in spite of the accelerandi and rallentandi.’
    • ‘By most all accounts the evening was a success, with one local critic lauding the orchestra's ‘exciting accelerandos and heart-stopping rubatos.’’
    • ‘You have to watch out for the small accelerandi.’
    • ‘Clipped, laconic, understated, but with quirky rubatos and accelerandos to convey something simmering underneath.’
    • ‘But he lets us have breakneck accelerandos and ear-splitting fortissimos rather too cavalierly, and now and then lapses into undue cuteness.’
    • ‘Then another identical (but slightly more intense, somehow - more of an accelerando?) chorus, and we're done.’
    • ‘That was always fascinating to me, like the long accelerando in the final variation of Elgar's Enigma that I eventually recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, easy to take a little too quick and find you have to put the brakes on.’
    • ‘We may recognise that we are being reminded of the point from which we began but we are far from home and a continuous accelerando takes the music to first twice its original speed and then twice as fast again.’
    • ‘The mysterious opening becomes increasingly agitated till an irate accelerando launches the Allegro on its wayward path.’
    • ‘He was barely ten yards behind the piper's trail, and the song, now with an accelerando, broke into a jig.’
    • ‘It is clear that full physical involvement aids learning, and that the subjective body experience is central to primal rhythmic elements of music like tempo, accelerando, syncopation, and ostinato.’
    • ‘The plonking accordion-driven sections of Radio / Video lull the listener into a false sense of security, before the band once again whip themselves up into a tense accelerando before ‘rocking out’ to a glorious crescendo.’
    • ‘‘In the Middle of the Night, Something or Someone Is Under the Bed and I Decide to Look’ is a wonderfully descriptive piece that consists of chromatically rising rhythmic effects within one long crescendo and accelerando.’
    • ‘The music of commerce would thus be harmonious and evenly paced, its dynamics restrained; there would be no swelling crescendo of the Boom, no cacophonous accelerando to the climax and no minor key diminuendo thereafter into the Bust.’
    • ‘Melodic rubato occurs where ‘tempo rubato frees a melody from strict note values, either by agogic accents or by accelerando and rallentando… so that the melody is momentarily out of step with the accompaniment ’.’
    • ‘No deviations from this basic pulse are indicated - no accelerando or ritardando - but the avoidance of repeated rhythmic patterns prevents the emergence of any phrase-structure comparable to Schumann's.’





/əkˌsɛləˈrandəʊ/ /əˌtʃɛləˈrandəʊ/