[kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-te]Music.


brilliantly virtuosic: a concertante part for solo violin.
solo rather than accompanying: a sonata for recorder and harpsichord concertante.

noun, plural con·cer·tan·ti [kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-tee] /ˌkɒn sərˈtɑn ti; Italian ˌkɔn tʃɛrˈtɑn ti/.

an 18th-century symphonic work with sections for solo instruments.

Origin of concertante

1720–30; < Italian, present participle of concertare to give a concert; see -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for concertante

Historical Examples of concertante

  • It is highly improbable that either he or Paganini ever heard, or even knew anything of Mozart's "Concertante" just mentioned.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

    Stephen Samuel Stratton

  • First attempts in the Recitative style, in the melodious song for a single voice (Monody) and in the Concertante style.

  • The other three have been already included under the concertante instruments.

    Sebastian Bach

    Reginald Lane Poole

  • The Solo performances of the two artistes, as also together, in my Concertante, were received with enthusiastic applause.

  • Herr Wassermann, one of the cleverest of my former pupils, played my Concertante with me.

British Dictionary definitions for concertante



characterized by contrasting alternating tutti and solo passages

noun plural -ti (-tɪ)

a composition characterized by such contrasts

Word Origin for concertante

C18: from Italian, from concertare to perform a concert, from concerto concert
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