al niente

al niente

Notation for al niente.

Al niente is an Italian term meaning 'to nothing.' It is used with diminuendo to indicate that the sound should fade away (beyond pianissimo) to nothing. It is the opposite of dal niente, which means 'from nothing.' Al niente is indicated by circling the tip of the 'hairpin' or putting an 'o' after the hairpin as shown here.