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[kuh n-cher-toh; Italian kawn-cher-taw] /kənˈtʃɛr toʊ; Italian kɔnˈtʃɛr tɔ/
noun, plural concertos, concerti
[kuh n-cher-tee] /kənˈtʃɛr ti/ (Show IPA).
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.) Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tos, -ti (-tɪ)
a composition for an orchestra and one or more soloists. The classical concerto usually consisted of several movements, and often a cadenza See also sonata (sense 1), symphony (sense 1)
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Word Origin
C18: from Italian: concert
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Word Origin and History for concerto

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

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concerto in Culture
concerto [(kuhn-chair-toh)]

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

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