Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, at a slower tempo or pace. Ritenuto sometimes has the same sense as rallentando and ritardando, but is used more exactly to mark an abrupt instead of a gradual change of speed. Also ritenendo, ritenente. Abbreviated riten.
- adj. music (of a passage in a musical score) immediately slower, held back at a slower rate of pace.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Held back; holding back; ritardando.
- adj. gradually decreasing in tempo
“Ho sempre ritenuto la famiglia la cosa pi importante della mia vita.”
“After the ritenuto the matter becomes more affecting; the sighs and groans, yet for a while kept under restraint, grow louder with the increasing agitation, till at last the whole being is moved to its very depths.”
“The nut tree before the house puts forth its green leaves and sheds its fragrance; its blossoms are lovingly embraced by the soft breezes, whispering to each other two by two, and offer their heads to be kissed, nodding and bowing; the song must be sung with an equal fragrance, each musical phrase in one breath: that is, with six inaudible breathings, without ritenuto.”
“Back in the 18th century they often used the term lentando, and even today there are a number of directions that mean roughly the same thing, the closest being ritardando, and also ritenuto, which generally implies a more sudden slowdown.”
“Come se i giornali statunitensi avessero ritenuto una notizia il fatto che Repubblica si fosse schierata per Veltroni.”
“In sede di ricorso, che nel caso dovrà essere discusso nelle prossime due settimane, il provvedimento del gip potrebbe essere ritenuto illegittimo e quindi sospeso.”
“(_ritenuto_ and _ritenente_) to indicate a definitely slower rate.”
“_ritardando_ on the one hand, and _ritenuto_ and _ritenente_ on the other, considering the former (_rall. _ and _rit. _) to indicate a gradually slackening speed, and the latter”
“Not that an individual's interpretation of compositions should never change, but a musician who truly understands music and reads it correctly would almost never have a drastic change in interpretation because their intrinsic understanding of the music which shaped their initial interpretation would only allow for minor changes in certain aspects of their presentation of a piece, for example, the pacing of a ritenuto, but not a total reworking of the phrasing, which would require an entirely different understanding of the structure of the piece.”
“l duca Cosimo lo pose a sedere insieme con certi altri suoi colleghi, si adirò malamente; e se la disputa della provvisione non l' avesse ritenuto, sarebbe ito a servire papa Pagolo terzo.”
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