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

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Recent Examples on the Web With the Concerto in F, Gershwin aspired still higher, hoping to prove that an American musical language could support a multi-movement concerto every bit as well as European idioms could define works by Chopin and Brahms. Howard Reich,, "A revelatory new recording of Gershwin’s landmark Concerto in F," 18 Nov. 2020 With more rehearsal time, could the entire concerto have been so solid? Zoë Madonna,, "Three conductors made for three days of thrills with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood," 12 Aug. 2019 This is a fascinating, different and no less compelling take on the concerto commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Yuja Wang and Gustavo Dudamel that was given its at Walt Disney Concert Hall a year ago. Los Angeles Times, "Classical concerts to soothe a coronavirus-rattled soul: Our critic’s streaming picks," 17 Mar. 2020 Those stretches of ad hoc chamber music were the concerto’s high points. Washington Post, "At the Kennedy Center, Eschenbach casts the NSO in standard but staunch roles," 25 Jan. 2020 The work follows the traditional three-movement structure for a concerto but clearly sets the soloist up as the focus. Jessica Rudman,, "Review: Guest conductor, teen prodigy pianist shine in HSO’s ‘Chopin and Franck’ program," 7 Dec. 2019 Dinur led the piano concerto that opened the program seated at a concert grand (lid removed) with his back to the audience, as is typical when someone is conducting from a keyboard instrument. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony conductor Yaniv Dinur, doubling on piano, a delight to see and hear," 23 Nov. 2019 Faust’s cadenza in the Allegro, her own arrangement of a version of the concerto for piano and soloist, was a joy, a panoramic mix of martial melody and virtuoso technical display. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra guests put welcome personal stamps on well-known Beethoven, Mozart," 14 Feb. 2020 But the depth and rigor of Benedetti’s performance here brings forth deeper aspects of the concerto than were apparent at Ravinia, suggesting Marsalis has given the violin repertoire a major work. Howard Reich,, "Best classical albums of 2019: World premieres, historic revivals and enticingly eclectic music," 27 Nov. 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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“Concerto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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