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[Italian, stolen]

A practice common in Romantic compositions of taking part of the duration from one note and giving it to another. It involves the performer tastefully stretching, slowing, or hurrying the tempo as she/he sees fit, thus imparting flexibility and emotion to the performance.
See more about tempo terminology in the Appendix.


Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, "Feria"

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna é mobile"

Frédéric François Chopin: Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4


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