crescendo


1cre·scen·do

noun \krə-ˈshen-(ˌ)dō\

: a gradual increase in the loudness of a sound or section of music

: the highest or loudest point of something that increases gradually

plural cre·scen·dos also cre·scen·does or cre·scen·di\-dē\

Full Definition of CRESCENDO

1
a :  a gradual increase; specifically :  a gradual increase in volume of a musical passage
b :  the peak of a gradual increase :  climax <complaints about stifling smog conditions reach a crescendoDown Beat>
2
:  a crescendo musical passage
crescendo intransitive verb

Examples of CRESCENDO

  1. The noise rose to a crescendo.
  2. <their divorce was merely the formal crescendo of a long period of marital stress and estrangement>

Illustration of CRESCENDO

Origin of CRESCENDO

Italian, from crescendo, adjective, increasing, gerund of crescere to grow, increase, from Latin
First Known Use: 1775

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2crescendo

adverb or adjective

Definition of CRESCENDO

:  with an increase in volume —used as a direction in music

First Known Use of CRESCENDO

1807

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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