Definition of Diminuendo

Diminuendo in piano music

Brandy Kraemer

Definition: The Italian musical term diminuendo (abbreviated dim.) literally means “diminishing,” and is an indication to gradually decrease the volume of the music. The musical symbol for diminuendo is a closing angle, often followed by another dynamics command (see image).
Opposite of crescendo.

Also Known As:

  • decrescendo (It)
  • en diminuant; devenir moins fort; s’affaiblissant (Fr)
  • verringernd; leiser werdend (Ger)

Pronunciation: dim-in'-you-EN-doh

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