Stringendo, an Italian word tha means "clutching", is a directive to perform the indicated passage of a composition with a pressing forward or acceleration of the tempo. This is sometimes erroneously interpreted as a combination of accelerando and crescendo. Stringendo is used in a score or a part where the music should sound more 'exciting'. Usually the effect is achieved by a combination of a slight acceleration, a slight increase in the dynamics and possibly a slight increase in the intensity of the vibrato on musical instruments where this is possible. The term is related to the indication incalzando.<br>