Affrettando (It.: ‘hurrying’, ‘quickening’; gerund of affrettare)
- David Fallows
(It.: ‘hurrying’, ‘quickening’; gerund of affrettare)
An instruction to increase the tempo, with the implication of increased nervous energy. The distinction between affrettando and accelerando or stringendo is largely academic but is suggested by Verdi's marking at the end of the ‘Lux aeterna’ in his Requiem over some woodwind arpeggiated semiquaver figuration, dolciss. con calma senza affrettare...