concerto

[kuh n-cher-toh; Italian kawn-cher-taw]
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noun, plural con·cer·tos, con·cer·ti [kuh n-cher-tee] /kənˈtʃɛr ti/. Music.

a composition for one or more principal instruments, with orchestral accompaniment, now usually in symphonic form.

Origin of concerto

1720–30; < Italian, derivative of concertare; see concert (v.)
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concerto

noun plural -tos or -ti (-tɪ)

a composition for an orchestra and one or more soloists. The classical concerto usually consisted of several movements, and often a cadenzaSee also sonata (def. 1), symphony (def. 1)
another word for ripieno

Word Origin for concerto

C18: from Italian: concert
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Word Origin and History for concerti

concerto

n.

1730, from Italian concerto (see concert). Concerto grosso is from 1724.

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Culture definitions for concerti

concerto

[(kuhn-chair-toh)]

A piece of instrumental music written for one or more soloists and an orchestra.

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