Accelerando (or accel.) – Gradually getting faster
To remember what accelerando means, use the following mnemonic:
Ready! Steady! Accelerate-and-go! (accelerando) The two boys start pedalling their go-carts and gradually get quicker.
The Italian music command accelerando (often abbreviated accel.) is an indication to gradually increase the tempo of a song until otherwise noted.
Examples of accelerando in a sentence
The folk instrumental goes through a period of accelerando, eventually transforming into a lively jig.
The arranger moved the accelerando to later in the piece, so it led gradually into the quick-paced finale.
Accelerando is the hallmark of this sonata, which starts off very slowly, accelerating throughout until the mandolin players' fingers are just a blur.