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(accel.) accelerando


Accelerando in piano music.

An accelerando lasts the length of its dotted line.

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Definition: The Italian musical command accelerando (often abbreviated accel.) is an indication to gradually increase the tempo of a song until otherwise noted*. The duration of an accelerando is marked by a dashed, horizontal line. Opposite of ritardando.

* See tempo primo and a tempo.

Also Known As: Pronunciation: ack-sel'-er-AHN-doh
Common Misspellings: accelerrando, excelerando

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