[kuh n-cher-toh; Italian kawn-cher-taw]
- 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 concerto
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I trembled and cried as he played our first—his first concerto in F minor.Melomaniacs
It was for this occasion that the Saint-Saëns second concerto was written.
He appeared in London in 1827, his piece being the Hummel concerto.
At one of the Symphony concerts she brought out her own concerto.
Among others Mozart admired her greatly, and dedicated a concerto to her.
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A piece of instrumental music written for one or more soloists and an orchestra.
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