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The style features verses that are slow, sometimes speeding up, but ending with a rallentando and often a fermata, then going into a chorus that begins slowly (sometimes very slowly) with a gradual accelerando that builds in volume and tempo to a frenetic pace. Then rinse and repeat.

Example: Дорогой длинною

Example: Смуглянка

This is distinct from this kind of dance song (a hora?), which starts quiet and slow but then builds throughout to a feverish pace and volume over the course of the entire piece.

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  • This type of accelerando (or 'stringendo') is typical of Gypsy music. – PiedPiper Mar 17 at 22:48

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