[sin-fuh n-yet-uh, -fohn-]
- a short symphony.
- a small symphony orchestra, often composed solely of stringed instruments.
- a symphony for fewer than the usual number of instruments.
Origin of sinfonietta
1920–25; < Italian; diminutive of sinfonia sinfonia
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Historical Examples of sinfonietta
In portions of the "Sinfonietta," five rhythms are to be found warring against each other.Musical Portraits
- a short or light symphony
- (capital when part of name) a small symphony orchestra
Word Origin for sinfonietta
Italian: a little symphony, from sinfonia
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