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Guide to Decrescendos in Music: How to Play a Decrescendo

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 2, 2021 • 2 min read

A rock song may start ferociously before softening to a mellow middle section. A symphony may begin a movement forcefully and then dip in volume as one passage gives way to another. When a composition gets softer over time, the music decrescendoes.