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  • adj. (of a passage in a musical score) immediately slower, held back at a slower rate of pace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Held back; holding back; ritardando.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, at a slower tempo or pace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. gradually decreasing in tempo


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  • Ho sempre ritenuto la famiglia la cosa pi importante della mia vita.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • 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.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    A Conservative Mind

  • 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.

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  • (_ritenuto_ and _ritenente_) to indicate a definitely slower rate.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • _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

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • 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.

    Classical Music Journal

  • '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.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) The Age of the Despots


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