[dih-vur-tuh-men-toh; Italian dee-ver-tee-men-taw]
- an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in character, similar to a serenade.
Origin of divertimento
Also called divertissement.
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Examples from the Web for divertimento
Some time after midnight we felt that we had had enough of divertimento.New Italian sketches
John Addington Symonds
Divertimento for violin, viola, and violoncello, in E flat major (563 K.).Life Of Mozart, Vol. 3 (of 3)
In August, 1879, the composer added a sixth movement, Divertimento.
I chose the title of Divertimento for the second movement of my Suite, because it was the first which occurred to me.
Probably the divertimento composed in July, 1776 (251 K.) was also intended for his sister's fte-day.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)
- a piece of entertaining music in several movements, often scored for a mixed ensemble and having no fixed form
- an episode in a fugue
See also divertissement
C18: from Italian
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