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Difference between rit. and rall.

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    Seems like a simple enough question but seems to create a lot of disagreement. What is the difference between ritardando and rallentando?
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    A rallentando is when you gradully get slower.
    A Ritenuto is when you slow down.
    So Rit. is a much more immediate effect compared to a Rall.
    Rit. is to play in a slower tempo whereas Rall. is to slow down.
    Hope this helps
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    That makes sense. Thanks
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    is ritenuto another word for ritardando...
    or am i being ritardanded ?
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    I know that one; it's a 'holding back' over a few notes, so more temporary.


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