Pronunciation: Ah-chel-lah-RAH-toe

What is Accelerato?

Accelerato is a direction in music that indicates a gradual increase in tempo. Accelerato is also known as Accelerando, which is an Italian word that means “accelerating” or “hastening.”

Key Takeaways

  1. Accelerato or accelerando means a gradual transition from a slow tempo to a fast tempo.
  2. Accelerato is a direction in music and abbreviated by “accel” and accompanied by a dotted line marking over the passage.
  3. Accelerato is a gradual transition and not to be done suddenly.

Understanding Accelerato

The term is abbreviated as “accel” and is often marked in combination with a dotted line to indicate the length of the section or passage of a composition indicated by the musical direction.

The transition from a slow tempo to a fast tempo is defined as being gradual and not suddenly. It is often used by composers to introduce a new section or tempo of a song.

One of the most popular examples of Accelerato is found in the composition Sailor’s Hornpipe from Fantasia on British Sea Songs, which was composed by Henry Ward.

Related Terms

Cut Time Cut time is a time signature that’s also known as Alle Breve, or cut common time. more

Clef A clef is a musical notation symbol placed at the left side of the beginning of a musical staff. more

Allegretto Allegretto is a direction in music defined as being moderately fast. more

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