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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Next month, for example, Ms. Cuckson will be the soloist with the Stuttgart State Orchestra for the European premiere of a violin concerto by Georg Friedrich Haas. New York Times, "Review: A Tiny Garage Explodes in Pianistic Madness," 25 June 2018 Theresa was soloist for the world premiere of the concerto, which was performed by the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Philharmonia Northwest presents old and new music created entirely by Seattle composers," 14 Nov. 2018 Bach’s double violin concerto: The difference between the solo violins and the ballerinas following them is rhythmically large. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "City Ballet’s ‘Robbins 100’: Making Music Theatrical," 22 May 2018 As befits a concerto for orchestra, there were plenty of opportunities for individual players to shine. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra's 'Prometheus Project' gets off to fiery start: review," 11 May 2018 Within this small boy, so modest in his manner, there were symphonies unwritten, suites and concertos and oratorios. Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, "One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story," 14 May 2018 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

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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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