Origin and Etymology of adagio
First Known Use: 1680See Words from the same year
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Beethoven's dramatic gestures registered without rhetorical excess, the adagio was a rapt dialogue between the piano and woodwinds, and the finale danced with rhythmic playfulness.
There’s actually a story about the music for The Nutcracker adagio, which would seem to belie its emotional power—that it was composed on a bet.
In one sequence, which goes on as long as a Mahler adagio, Ronnie’s genitals get trapped in the slats of a sun bed.
Anodyne outer movements enclosed a sluggish adagio where glimmers of Lupu's Beethoven style at its best shone through — warmly rounded tone, supple phrasing and, above all, sensitive attention to the soft end of the dynamic spectrum.
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First Known Use of adagio
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Definition of adagio for English Language Learners
: a piece of music that is played or performed slowly and gracefully
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