Definition of adagio in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (especially as a direction) in slow time.

    unhurriedly, without hurrying, at a leisurely pace, at a slow pace, leisurely, steadily, taking one's time, in one's own good time
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  • A movement, passage, or composition marked to be performed adagio.

    • ‘In performing these youthful works, the Angeles String Quartet played with such deft skill, there was an abundance of dulcet adagios, energetic allegros, and gracious minuets.’
    • ‘The adagio is indeed not too slow: it whizzed by me almost unnoticed.’
    • ‘Its second section, an adagio, is charmingly Brahmsian while the ensuing scherzo sets two original themes against each other at breakneck speed, bristling with impossibilities.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the adagio presents the violist and pianist with a tour de force: fourteen minutes of slow playing at a dynamic range restricted mostly to soft.’
    • ‘There are more sensuous pauses and pensive gulfs between his allegrettos and adagios.’
    • ‘The striking thing about this album is the range of styles he dabbles in - from grand bossa novas to soft adagios.’
    • ‘And, in the recollection of the father's clumsy attempt to play the adagio from Beethoven's Hammerklavier sonata, our sympathy for him is short-circuited by the daughter's memory of her own laughter.’
    • ‘The outer movements are undistinguished but the central adagio swoons with escapist yearnings for the unattainable.’
    • ‘Morgan used gorgeous music, the adagio from Mozart's Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, played lusciously by David Jones and the Kennedy Center Orchestra under conductor Ron J. Matson.’
    • ‘Unlike his usual style, the symphony ends with an adagio that includes some of the most anguished music he ever composed.’
    • ‘A masterpiece of an adagio, it has a somber, moving and melancholic quality.’
    • ‘The audience was often tricked by cadences that felt as though they should lead into the famous adagio.’
    • ‘After a cadenza closing on a dominant triad, the music's insouciance is tempered by a grave adagio in four parts, riddled with dissonant suspensions painfully resolved in a decorated cadence in the tonic major.’
    • ‘The Fifth Symphony is one of a series of works of a beauty of which evokes the haunting adagios of Mahler.’
    • ‘‘The Breaking Heart’ is an adagio with somewhat maudlin overtones.’
    • ‘Karolyi chooses the adagio from Beethoven's Cello Sonata No.5.’
    • ‘For the slow movement, Simpson acknowledges his debt to Bruckner's adagios.’
    • ‘However, with Silvestrov, the feel of the scherzo imbues the adagio so that what was once regarded as solemn is now seen as vacuous and illusory.’
    • ‘However, the adagio ends with an 11 bar section containing shorter notes, which suddenly gives an impression of greater intensity.’
    • ‘The adagio from the String Quartet Number 4 was a more contemplative, soothing piece.’


Italian, from ad agio at ease.