MU4 - Score starts 'allegretto' > later 'ritardando' > how to return to 'a tempo' ?

• Jul 6, 2023 - 13:36

Marking one measure as 'ritardando' from the 'Tempo' palette is easy and straight forward, the audio playback instantly slows down as expected. How do I get back the former tempo, 'allegretto', which is usually notated as 'a tempo' in printed sheet music?


Place again 'allegretto' at the first note after the ritardando. After that you can change the string 'allegretto' into 'a tempo' for the printout.

In reply to by HildeK

Thank you for this pragmatic and useful suggestion - I will use it for the time being!

... and when for whatever reason I decide to change the base tempo from 'allegro' to say 'largo', then I will certainly notice it during playback. :D :D

After a ritardando, you can put an Accelerando. ( rit and later accel.) Musescore will slow the tempo a certain amount. Accel will speed it up to the original tempo.
Think about it. Rit. isn't a set slow down (though for MU4 it has to be). Of course ATempo is the normal method, but we don't have that yet. Besides, what if you want a different tempo?

Personally, I've gotten away from vague terms like "Moderato", and use metronome markings instead.

In reply to by bobjp

I have been used to use 'ritardando' / 'accelerando' followed by 'a tempo' for the printed scores until I updated to MU4. Most of the time, I didn't care much about the playback due to the somewhat tedious procedure.

Now both tempo changes happen without the need for further fumbling, which is nice, though we can modify it when needed. Thus, when I get what I expect for 'ritardando' I certainly would like to get what I expect when using 'a tempo' afterwards. Not a big deal to work around this missing feature ... I was just curious.

Certainly I could write metronome '92' instead of 'allegretto', but for many less technical context (church choir, classical performances, ...) the tempo text mark seems more natural as opposed to pop / rock / jazz music, in particular on stage. Think of a symphony conductor when he reads '92' while he feels(!!) like performing it at '88' or '94' :D

In reply to by EsDur

Believe me, I understand. I also am used to "a tempo". I use MU4 for playback only. Performers are going to ignore metronome marks also. That's what makes it music. You and I get to decide little as far as a performance of our music goes.

In reply to by EsDur

"A tempo" should work.
I mean that should be taken into account by Musescore, like it now takes into account "ritardando".
As apparently it doesn't, and you have to use the trick to add the original tempo and change the text to "A tempo" you can introduce a feature request on github.

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