Notation for rapid diminuendo

What is the symbol for diminuendo?

Expression Markings

Name of dynamic Common symbol
Diminuendo dim.
Forte f
Fortissimo ff
Fortississimo fff

How do you write diminuendo?

Diminuendo, which tells the player or singer to play or sing softer, can be notated in the sheet music in a few ways. It can be shown by writing ‘dim. ‘ or the ‘>’ sign under the section where this change in loudness should occur. Some call the ‘>’ symbol a hairpin, because of its resemblance to the object.

What is the musical symbol for decrescendo or diminuendo?


decrescendo (abbreviated to decresc.) translates as “decreasing”. diminuendo (abbreviated dim.)