[al-i-gret-oh; Italian ahl-le-gret-taw]Music.
- light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.
- an allegretto movement.
Origin of allegretto
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Examples from the Web for allegretto
This Allegretto is continued until the theme is taken up in C minor.Life of Beethoven
Allegretto energicamente, two-four, a merry, quick-step movement of two eight-bar periods.Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work
Stephen Samuel Stratton
The stillness of night and the shimmering moonlight are in the delicate harmonies of (Allegretto) strings.
Simple as the Allegretto appears in its suggestion of halting dance, the intent in the episodes is of the subtlest.
The first of the Eastern dances (allegretto quasi andante) is based upon a Turkish song in 6-8 measure.The Russian Opera
- (to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly
- a piece or passage to be performed in this manner
C19: diminutive of allegro
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Word Origin and History for allegretto
1740, from Italian allegretto, diminutive of allegro (q.v.).
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