Crescendo

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Definition

The music gradually becomes louder. There are two principal ways of notating a crescendo; the first is with a 'hairpin' symbol that starts narrow and gets wider, the second is with the abbreviation cresc.

A crescendo notated as a 'hairpin' symbol
A crescendo notated with the abbreviation cresc.


Examples


Ravel's 'Bolero' is one long crescendo

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