noun \di-ˌvər-tə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō, -ˌver-\
plural di·ver·ti·men·ti\-ˈmen-(ˌ)tē\ or di·ver·ti·mentos

Definition of DIVERTIMENTO

:  an instrumental chamber work in several movements usually light in character


Italian, literally, diversion, from divertire to divert, amuse, from Latin divertere
First Known Use: 1823


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Eighteenth-century chamber music genre consisting of several movements, often of a light and entertaining nature, for strings, winds, or both. Though the name was applied (c. 1750–1800) to a confusingly varied range of works, it almost always referred to pieces with a single instrument to a part; this could include string quartets and even keyboard sonatas.


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