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Definition of Calando:

The Italian musical term calando indicates a gradual decrease in both the tempo and volume of a song; the effect of a ritardando with a diminuendo.

See allargando.

Also Known As:

  • calante; al niente; morendo; smorzando (It)
  • terminant; en mourant; en amortissant (Fr)
  • beruhigend; bis zum Nichts; verlöschend (Ger)

Pronunciation: cah-lahn'-dohMore Italian Musical Terms:

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