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adjective & adverbMusic
(especially as a direction) at a fairly brisk speed.
A movement or passage marked to be performed allegretto.
- ‘Schiff was not afraid to make a wistful gesture in the adagio with a slight bending back of his head, nor to smile during the most tender phrases of the allegretto.’
- ‘The conductor's subtly, phrased, light treatment of the first movement and the long unbroken lyrical line of the Andante quasi allegretto really made the music glow anew!’
- ‘A slow, caressing opening statement leads to a jaunty allegretto and then to a rondo with a distinct gypsy flavor.’
- ‘Following the intermission there was hardly pause enough to take one's seat: Gergiev lunged forward into the allegretto, his hands caressing the strings as if consoling an infant.’
- ‘There are more sensuous pauses and pensive gulfs between his allegrettos and adagios.’
Italian, diminutive of allegro.
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