Definition of concerto
concertiplay \kən-ˈcher-(ˌ)tē also -ˈchər-\ or
: a piece for one or more soloists and orchestra with three contrasting movements a violin concerto
Recent Examples of concerto from the Web
The concert moved from the ambiguity of Debussy to the structured classicism of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Ax’s performance of two piano concerti, No. 19 and No. 16, in an impressive display.
CSO audiences have heard several fine accounts of this concerto in recent decades — think of Nikolaj Znaider's and Frank Peter Zimmermann's — but, for me, Tetzlaff's extra degree of incisive brilliance and fierce elegance trumped them both.
This is him really trying to be the great hero and to take on the mantle of Mozart and to write the biggest and most powerful piano concerto of the time.
Twelve competitors will play a 60-minute solo recital and a Mozart piano concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
As the tour rollicks on, its tone — and Wang’s demeanor — morphs with each stop, like a concerto building to its crescendo.
In this eloquent performance, the concerto’s subtleties were its selling points.
Then, at a mixer one night, a classmate played part of a Mozart concerto.
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Origin and Etymology of concerto
Italian, from concerto concert
First Known Use: 1710See Words from the same year
CONCERTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of concerto for English Language Learners
: a piece of music for one or more main instruments with an orchestra
CONCERTO Defined for Kids
Definition of concerto for Students
: a musical composition usually in three parts for orchestra with one or more principal instruments
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