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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This week Dudamel turns to late Mozart, the last symphony and piano concerto (with Mitsuko Uchida as soloist), to end the season. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2023 His Flute Concerto and Flute Sonata Undine are sometimes performed today, but virtually unknown is a prolific output of operas, oratorios, symphonies, piano concertos, chamber music and piano pieces. Dallas News, 22 Feb. 2023 The evening will also feature Lillian Yang, who took first place in the concerto competition. Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2023 The New York Philharmonic booked him soon after Deborah Borda, its president and chief executive, saw YouTube videos of his performances at the Cliburn — a Beethoven concerto as well as the Rachmaninoff. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, 9 May 2023 This means that with just a few taps, a critic looking to brush up on Prokofiev’s second piano concerto in preparation for an evening concert can quickly summon 88 versions pulled from nearly a century of recordings. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2023 Born in Guadaloupe, to an enslaved Senegalese woman, Nanon (Ronke Adekoluejo) and her wealthy white enslaver, George Bologne (Jim High), the Chevalier de Saint-Georges wrote numerous concertos for his instrument of choice, the violin. Odie Henderson,, 20 Apr. 2023 Davies just happens to be a leading Glass exponent who has premiered the majority of the composer’s symphonies, concertos and operas. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2023 There simply are too many games and variables to make most nights standing-ovation-worthy concertos. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, from concerto concert

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of concerto was in 1710

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“Concerto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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con·​cer·​to kən-ˈchert-ō How to pronounce concerto (audio)
plural concerti -(ˌ)ē How to pronounce concerto (audio) or concertos
: a piece for one or more soloists and orchestra usually in three movements

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