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adjective Music.
  1. moderate; in moderate time.
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Origin of moderato

1715–25; < Italian < Latin moderātus moderate
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Examples from the Web for moderato

Historical Examples

  • Allegro moderato, which is built substantially on the chief theme (solo 'cello).

    Franz Liszt

    James Huneker

  • It ends in a brilliant cadenza, that leads to the theme in moderato time.

  • In the first long movement (an Allegro moderato) there is no repeat.

  • Opposite in feeling is the descending motive of strings, Moderato con anima (9/8).

  • A long cadenza leads to the last movement in moderato time and in the key of E.

British Dictionary definitions for moderato


adverb music
  1. at a moderate tempo
  2. (preceded by a tempo marking) a direction indicating that the tempo specified is to be used with restraintallegro moderato
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from Latin moderātus; see moderate
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