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date: 18 September 2019

Allargando (It.: ‘broadening’, ‘spreading’; gerund of allargare, ‘to spread’)locked

  • David Fallows

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(It.: ‘broadening’, ‘spreading’; gerund of allargare, ‘to spread’)

An instruction to slow down the tempo and often to develop a fuller and more majestic performing style. But this is not always intended. Verdi, for example, almost invariably accompanied allargando with a decrease in texture or volume; thus the very end of the prelude to La traviata has the successive markings ...

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