con·​cer·​to | \ kən-ˈcher-(ˌ)tō also -ˈchər- How to pronounce concerto (audio) \
plural concerti\ kən-​ˈcher-​(ˌ)tē How to pronounce concerti (audio) 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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Recent Examples on the Web Although the composer adhered to a classical structure in the concerto, the music itself definitely has a modern edge to it. Mike Giuliano,, "In ‘Russian Dreams,’ Columbia Orchestra spans the tradition," 10 Oct. 2019 Just a few nights earlier, in Ohio, the renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter had stopped playing Beethoven mid-concerto to ask a woman in the front row to quit making a video of her. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It?," 4 Oct. 2019 Program notes always tell us that Rachmaninoff was influenced by jazz in this concerto. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Michael Tilson Thomas can still dance after two decades at San Francisco Symphony," 20 Sep. 2019 The program follows the overused model of overture followed by concerto and then symphony, but the work is longer than a typical opener and doesn’t grab the listener’s attention right away. Jessica Rudman,, "Review: New dynamic percussion concerto ‘Drum Circles’ steals the show at HSO," 16 Nov. 2019 This was followed by a Rachmaninoff piano concerto, with Daniil Trifonov playing. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Brush with musical greatness," 30 Sep. 2019 Rouse cataloged five individual symphonies throughout his career and concertos for 12 different instruments. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Baltimore composer Christopher Rouse, 70, dies," 22 Sep. 2019 Liebman shone in the concerto, demonstrating maturity, sensitivity and graceful virtuosity throughout. Jessica Rudman,, "Review: Guest conductor, teen prodigy pianist shine in HSO’s ‘Chopin and Franck’ program," 7 Dec. 2019 The piece is as heroic as Brahms’s concerto, though in a more playful mode., "For Boston Philharmonic, a satisfying start to the 2019-20 season - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2020

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“Concerto.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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