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Ritardando and rallentando both mean gradually getting slower and according to my AB guide to music theory book they are both supposed to imply a gradual slowing down. And allargando means broadening, implying getting a little slower and probably also a little louder. Without a doubt execution sometimes changes in some cases, since words can change meaning ...
You don't need to play an instrument in order to write for it. After all, the vast majority of people don't play every orchestral instrument (at least not well; music ed majors typically have to learn a bit of everything but they're not expected to achieve anything close to mastery). It's just important that you know how every instrument works so that you ...
Oxford Dictionary of Music gives the following help. RITARDARDE, RITARDANDO, RITARDATO (It.) 'To hold back.' 'Holding back' Held back.' (gradually, ie the same as as Rallentando.) ALLARGANDO (It.) 'Enlarging', ie getting slower and slower and fuller in tone. Source THE OXFORD COMPANION TO MUSIC 10TH EDITION.
I will make the suggestion that your problem here is not the instrumentation, but the low skill level of the instrumentalists. Arranging for low-level band is a complete art and specialization in and of itself. Unless every one of your players is a prodigy, there is likely to be a very limited set of rhythms, and even notes that you will be able write for ...
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