a tem·​po | \ ä-ˈtem-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce a tempo (audio) \

Definition of a tempo

: in time used as a direction in music to return to the original tempo

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Alas, Thibaudet took too moderate a tempo and produced too light a touch to capture the thrill of the final movement. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO review: A bracing evening of Gershwin, Ravel and Stravinsky," 14 July 2019 Kerr has credited him for taking great care of the ball and establishing a tempo on both ends of the floor. Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "Warriors suspend fiery Green 1 game for detrimental conduct," 14 Nov. 2018 Alternately, you can just get lost in a magazine, at a tempo of your choosing. Sasha Chapin, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Airport Layovers," 29 May 2018 Why waste a tempo on this as well as giving White a hook on his kingside? Chris Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Chess notes," 8 July 2018 And yet it is made from such ephemeral stuff: what appears to be a casually strung-together band of musicians, scattered through the rooms of an aging mansion, linked by A/V cords and a tempo the players drag along behind them. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scenes of a privileged paradise that can never be in Ragnar Kjartansson’s ‘Western Culture’," 25 May 2018 Turner follows in kind, transforming what looked to be a clear post-up into a tempo pick-and-roll. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Nate McMillan and the Pacers' Ever-Surprising Out-of-Timeout Offense," 18 Jan. 2018 Thumping beats and funky synths propel the single’s melody, laying out a tempo-jumping playground for EXO’s vocals and raps as the track builds into its propulsive chorus. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "EXO Drops New Japanese 'Electric Kiss' Music Video Ahead of 'Countdown' Album," 5 Dec. 2017 In essence, a capacity audience heard Cohen not only as soloist but as conductor, the clarinetist directing her colleagues to push a tempo or hold back, turn up the intensity or dial it down. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Anat Cohen celebrates 'Happy Song' on a grand scale," 8 Oct. 2017

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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