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Ritenuto (riten. or rit.) – an immediate, or sudden, reduction in speed or tempo

(Pronounced ree-tuh-noo-toh)

Please believe that I have written you too (ritenuto) but the postal service strike may slow down my letter.

Please believe that I have written you too (ritenuto) but the postal service strike may suddenly slow down my letter.

 

Examples of ritenuto in a sentence

The musical piece moves from fast to slow so suddenly it takes the audience by surprise: that is the effect of ritenuto.

In film scores, ritenuto is an accepted technique used to signal a change of atmosphere to cinemagoers.

The ritenuto - a sudden change from the upbeat to the slow and dreamy - was quite abrupt; on the dance floor, there was an inevitable awkwardness while everybody adjusted.

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