[kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-te]Music.
- brilliantly virtuosic: a concertante part for solo violin.
- solo rather than accompanying: a sonata for recorder and harpsichord concertante.
- an 18th-century symphonic work with sections for solo instruments.
Origin of concertante
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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.
- characterized by contrasting alternating tutti and solo passages
- a composition characterized by such contrasts
C18: from Italian, from concertare to perform a concert, from concerto concert
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