decrescendo

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decrescendo

(dā″krĕ-shen′dō, dē″) [Italian decrescendo, decreasing]
Of heart murmurs, gradually becoming softer or quieter.
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In music, this tapering off is called a decrescendo.
In music, a crescendo is a gradual volume increase, and a decrescendo is a gradual volume decrease.
The opposite was true with decrescendos, a gradual decrease in the music's volume.
For example, a teacher might sing a student's name, "Ma-ry," to help the student produce a decrescendo in a two-note slur or sing "Go to here" at the point of climax in a phrase.
Hudson explains her editorial choices in both the critica l commentary and her thoughtful introductory discussion of notational variations in Verdi's slurs, crescendos, decrescendos, and accents.
Moreover, we might reasonably hope that, were a sensitive conductor to implement the many corrections made in this new edition - just in the placement of crescendos and decrescendos, for example - a more appropriately nuanced performance would be the result.