January 5, 2004


Brian Tiemann points out a common error:

The word crescendo does not mean "climax". ..

...Crescendo means, literally, growing. (I discovered this in 2nd-year Spanish class, where we learned the verb crecer, to grow, and its progressive form creciendo. Spanish and Italian follow many of the same rules.) It is used in music to signify a gradual increase in volume. It does not mean the fever pitch to which the volume finally grows. You don't "reach" a crescendo; you undergo a crescendo....

Posted by John Weidner at January 5, 2004 3:51 PM
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