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Topic: Quick question about ritardando  (Read 1353 times)

Offline chapmanpiano

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Quick question about ritardando
on: October 03, 2017, 06:09:32 AM
Hi all,

How long should a ritardando last?

Is it heavily context based? Up to interpretation? Fixed as a part of music theory?

I have a rit. at the end of a piece I am working on and I am not sure how long it should last.

Offline thirtytwo2020

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Re: Quick question about ritardando
Reply #1 on: October 03, 2017, 08:41:40 AM
Yes, it is context based and up to interpretation, but in most cases, it lasts until there is an "a tempo" marking, where you should return to the original speed. If your ritardando is at the very end of your piece without any following a tempo, my guess is that it should last until the last note.

Offline louispodesta

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Re: Quick question about ritardando
Reply #2 on: October 03, 2017, 10:49:41 PM
Yes, it is context based and up to interpretation, but in most cases, it lasts until there is an "a tempo" marking, where you should return to the original speed. If your ritardando is at the very end of your piece without any following a tempo, my guess is that it should last until the last note.

Perfect answer!
 

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