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concertante

[kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-te]Music.
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adjective
  1. brilliantly virtuosic: a concertante part for solo violin.
  2. solo rather than accompanying: a sonata for recorder and harpsichord concertante.
noun, plural con·cer·tan·ti [kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-tee] /ˌkɒn sərˈtɑn ti; Italian ˌkɔn tʃɛrˈtɑn ti/.
  1. an 18th-century symphonic work with sections for solo instruments.

Origin of concertante

1720–30; < Italian, present participle of concertare to give a concert; see -ant
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Historical Examples

  • It is highly improbable that either he or Paganini ever heard, or even knew anything of Mozart's "Concertante" just mentioned.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

    Stephen Samuel Stratton

  • First attempts in the Recitative style, in the melodious song for a single voice (Monody) and in the Concertante style.

  • The other three have been already included under the concertante instruments.

    Sebastian Bach

    Reginald Lane Poole

  • The Solo performances of the two artistes, as also together, in my Concertante, were received with enthusiastic applause.

  • Herr Wassermann, one of the cleverest of my former pupils, played my Concertante with me.


British Dictionary definitions for concertante

concertante

adjective
  1. characterized by contrasting alternating tutti and solo passages
noun plural -ti (-tɪ)
  1. a composition characterized by such contrasts

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from concertare to perform a concert, from concerto concert
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