287 • Terms of speed and volume

There is a substantial hypothesis about the use of the following term:

Diminuendo = softer and slower

Decrescendo = softer Rallentando = slower
Crescendo = louder
Accelerando = faster

Allargando = louder and slower

As musical terms received their definition after composers used, and sometimes introduced them, in idiosyncratic ways, this theory seems to be applicable in some composer's scores, Schubert for example. See: 259 • Principles in classical music are not a precise science.

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