con·​cer·​to | \ kən-ˈcher-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce concerto (audio) also -ˈchər- \
plural concerti\ kən-​ˈcher-​(ˌ)tē How to pronounce concerto (audio) also  -​ˈchər-​ \ or concertos

Definition of concerto

: a piece for one or more soloists and orchestra with three contrasting movements a violin concerto

Examples of concerto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same concert, Katia and Marielle were premiering a double concerto by Philip Glass that was written for them. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2021 The horn concerto, commissioned by the L.A. Philharmonic, was the highlight of the first half. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 Great Performances Composer John Williams returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home at Tanglewood for performances of his classical works and a new violin concerto featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 This is no collegial sparring, as in a concerto by Mozart or Beethoven. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2021 Often this concerto is approached with a more matter-of-fact presentation, but not Gavrylyuk. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2021 The result is a perhaps overly conventional concerto that adapts rather than transforms. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Each artist at this stage will perform a work of chamber music live with the Escher String Quartet at the Cleveland Museum of Art and a concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Jahja Ling at Severance Hall. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2021 Four finalists then will be selected to play chamber music with the Escher String Quartet, also at the museum, and a concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall and conductor Jahja Ling. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of concerto

1710, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concerto

Italian, from concerto concert

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English Language Learners Definition of concerto

: a piece of music for one or more main instruments with an orchestra


con·​cer·​to | \ kən-ˈcher-tō How to pronounce concerto (audio) \
plural concertos

Kids Definition of concerto

: a musical composition usually in three parts for orchestra with one or more principal instruments

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