[ kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-te ]
/ ˌkɒn sərˈtɑn ti; Italian ˌkɔn tʃɛrˈtɑn tɛ /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for concertante

/ (ˌkɒntʃəˈtæntɪ) music /


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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