The Meaning of (rit.) ritardando

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Ritardando (or rit.) is an indication to gradually decrease the tempo of the music (opposite of accelerando).

The length of a ritardando is extended by a dashed, horizontal line; and, if applicable, the previous tempo may be restored with the commands tempo primo or a tempo.

  • The abbreviation rit. is sometimes used for ritenuto; ritenuto is often abbreviated to riten. to avoid confusion.

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Pronunciation: rih'-tar-DAHN-doh