Accelerando (It.: ‘hastening’, ‘quickening’; gerund of accelerare)
(It.: ‘hastening’, ‘quickening’; gerund of accelerare)
A direction to increase the speed of a musical performance, often over a fairly long passage. It is usually abbreviated to accel., and is in practice much rarer than its contrary, rallentando. Koch (Musikalisches Lexikon, 1802), translating it as eilend, drew attention to terms he considered more common at the time, ...