I've just been wondering, is there a difference between rallentando and ritaradno (sp?) They both seem to mean the same thing!ThanksRosemary.

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ben_walker446

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Rallentando - A directive to perform a certain passage of a composition with a gradual slowing of the tempo. The abbreviation is rall.Ritardando - A directive to perform a certain passage of a composition with a ritard the tempo, to gradually delay the tempo. The abbreviation is rit.As you can see there is not really a difference.
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I thought there was a subtle difference of rall being to slow down and rit meaning 'slower'. It's a fine line though! Don't suppose it really matters.

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I thought there was a subtle difference of rall being to slow down and rit meaning 'slower'. It's a fine line though! Don't suppose it really matters.

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To add my ha'penny worth:Rallentando (Rall.) = Becoming GRADUALLY slowerRitardando (ritard. or even just rit. to be confusing) = Gradually slowing down i.e. = rallentandoBUTRitenuto (rit) = immediately slowing down (not gradually); also abbreviated to riten. The old little red AB book gives 'Held back'.Composers eh!!?!
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