[len-toh; Italian len-taw]Music.
Origin of lento
1715–25; < Italian < Latin lentus slow
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Examples from the Web for lento
The Lento movement of "Ibéria" is like some drowsy, disheveled gipsy.Musical Portraits
The theme has an entirely new ring and answer when it enters Allegro after the Lento prelude.
The Allegro seems a mere irruption; for the Lento prelude reappears in full solemnity.
Lento in basses of the strings a strain sounds like a basic motive, answered with harmonies in the wood.
Allegro moderato, lento, fugue (for three voices) allegro moderato fugue (for four voices).Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
- to be performed slowly
- a movement or passage performed in this way
C18: Italian, from Latin lentus slow
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Word Origin and History for lento
"slowly" (musical direction), 1724, from Italian lento "slow," from Latin lentus "flexible, pliant, slow, sluggish" (see lithe). Related: Lentissimo.
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