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concerto

[kuh n-cher-toh; Italian kawn-cher-taw]
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noun, plural con·cer·tos, con·cer·ti [kuh n-cher-tee] /kənˈtʃɛr ti/. Music.
  1. a composition for one or more principal instruments, with orchestral accompaniment, now usually in symphonic form.

Origin of concerto

1720–30; < Italian, derivative of concertare; see concert (v.)
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Examples from the Web for concerti

Historical Examples

  • Of concerti by the great Bach for a single solo violin only two are extant.

    Musical Criticisms

    Arthur Johnstone

  • Boccherini composed six concerti specially for the violoncello.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

  • Two of his “Concerti Grossi,” the third and sixth, are sometimes played by string orchestras.


British Dictionary definitions for concerti

concerto

noun plural -tos or -ti (-tɪ)
  1. a composition for an orchestra and one or more soloists. The classical concerto usually consisted of several movements, and often a cadenzaSee also sonata (def. 1), symphony (def. 1)
  2. another word for ripieno

Word Origin

C18: from Italian: concert
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Word Origin and History for concerti

concerto

n.

1730, from Italian concerto (see concert). Concerto grosso is from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

concerti in Culture

concerto

[(kuhn-chair-toh)]

A piece of instrumental music written for one or more soloists and an orchestra.

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