Definition of concertante in English:



  • 1Denoting a piece of music containing one or more solo parts, typically of less prominence than in a concerto.

    ‘he wrote several concertante works’
    • ‘We started with Quirk, a concertante written by Karl Jenkins and receiving its premier tonight.’
    • ‘The fourth disc is dedicated to more concert party pieces with the obligatory Sarasate and Saint Saens concertante works.’
    • ‘It is anchored on either end by two large concertante works for flute and orchestra, and there are two shorter pieces in the middle.’
    • ‘There may be moments when the sound picture is more chamber-like than concertante but the result sounds entirely apt.’
    • ‘The Realside, for the BBC Singers, came in 1999, and Snowblind, a percussion concertante for Colin Currie earlier this year.’
  • 2Denoting prominent instrumental parts present throughout a piece of music, especially in baroque and early classical compositions.

    ‘the cantata has a fine violin concertante part’
    • ‘Like Telemann he makes telling use of quite elaborate woodwind set against the string tutti not just in soloist-like concertante passages but so as to adduce particularly striking timbres overall.’
    • ‘Also resident in the USA was Ernest Bloch, and Moura performed the concertante piano part in his Concerto Grosso No 1.’
    • ‘The composer himself remarked on its innovation: a ‘sonata written in a concertante manner, almost like a concerto.’’
    • ‘Jack Gallagher's The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam Brian Israel) is a longish piece with a concertante cello part, excellently played by Bogdana Peneva.’
    • ‘The Prince had an excellent court orchestra, and Haydn was expected to provide not just symphonies, but also concertante opportunities for the most accomplished instrumentalists in the orchestra.’


Italian, ‘harmonizing’, from concertare ‘harmonize’.