A pause is a way to slow down music. A pause is a time when the listener can contemplate the notes that came before and after. Music is also used as a form of meditation and reflection. The tempo is then increased after the pause. After the pause, the music can begin again, if the listener desires. The direction of slowing down is important in a wide variety of settings, from the background of a piano to a large concert hall.
The slower direction in music is referred to as “molto adagio”. It means gradual DECRESCENDO. This phrase is used often in classical and baroque music. For example, operas and arias use the phrase “molto todagio”. Slow music can also be indicated by the phrase “molto Adagio”. Sometimes, the slower direction is more prominent.