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concertino

[kon-cher-tee-noh; Italian kawn-cher-tee-naw] /ˌkɒn tʃərˈti noʊ; Italian ˌkɔn tʃɛrˈti nɔ/
noun, plural concertini
[kon-cher-tee-nee; Italian kawn-cher-tee-nee] /ˌkɒn tʃərˈti ni; Italian ˌkɔn tʃɛrˈti ni/ (Show IPA).
Music.
1.
a short concerto.
2.
the group of solo instruments in a concerto grosso.
3.
a section in a concerto grosso played by these instruments.
Origin of concertino
1720-1730
1720-30; < Italian, equivalent to concert(o) (see concerto) + -ino diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples
  • The concertino consists of a trio for two violins and bass soli, with Cembalo Obbligato.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • The Germans introduced wood-wind into the concertino, combining thus a violin, an oboe, a bassoon.

    Handel Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for concertino

concertino

/ˌkɒntʃəˈtiːnəʊ/
noun (pl) -ni (-nɪ)
1.
the small group of soloists in a concerto grosso Compare ripieno
2.
a short concerto
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: a little concerto
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