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This definition does not really agree with either of the the following:

Oxford American Dictionaries 
a section at the end of a fugue in which successive introductions of the theme follow at shorter intervals, increasing the sense of excitement.
• (also stretta) a passage, esp. at the end of an aria or movement, to be performed in quicker time.
Harvard Dictionary of Music (1969) 
(1) In a fugue, the imitation of the subject in close succession, with the answer entering before the subject is completed; (2) In non-fugal compositions, a stretto (stretta) is a concluding section in faster tempo, as e.g., at the end of the last movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

None of these definitions mention "gradually increasing speed." --Robert.Allen 02:46, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

  • And what was stopping you adding such a definition? SemperBlotto 08:09, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
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