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

Definition of concerto 

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

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With only seven wind players and light strings, the A Major, K. 488 concerto didn’t give Pressler a lot of competition for his sound, which is modest. Peter Dobrin,, "Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mahler," 9 Feb. 2018 This violin concerto is buoyant and happy and brilliant. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins KC Symphony for an eclectic program," 10 June 2018 Some of them go put their own firm stamp on the concerto, too. Tim Smith,, "BSO shines in colorful program with Alsop, Gerstein," 2 June 2018 For its May 19 season finale, the early music ensemble will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Pasadena with a program of chorale concertos and cantatas. Rick Schultz,, "15 ways to hear chamber music magic in L.A.," 22 Mar. 2018 The oboe concerto is Vaughan Williams at his pastoral best. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "These CDs will carry classical music lovers through the summer," 25 June 2018 In Chopin’s day, every emerging pianist was expected to show himself off in his own concertos. New York Times, "Trifonov and Andsnes: Different Generations, Same Curiosity," 4 May 2018 Clearly thinking of his daughter, Shankar suggested that his concerto describes a young girl's journey into maturity. Mark Swed,, "The Pacific Symphony lives up to its name, with the help of India," 13 Apr. 2018 To do so, Plante found inspiration in Antonio Vivaldi’s set of four violin concertos, each of which illustrates a vibrant expression of its respective season. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "Mercury presents a modern fairy tale of four seasons," 13 June 2018

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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 \
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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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