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nounPlural divertimentos, Plural divertimentiMusic
A light and entertaining composition, typically one in the form of a suite for chamber orchestra.
- ‘Prokofiev fashioned a suite of six pieces resembling a classical divertimento, but one laced with dissonances, evoking Stravinsky's Octet.’
- ‘The divertimento is in five short movements, and humor, not abundant elsewhere on this disc, is in the forefront.’
- ‘A cassation is akin to a divertimento; Mozart composed a few early in his career, but it is a relatively unusual genre.’
- ‘Like his contemporaries, Joseph Haydn wrote very early divertimentos for string quartet.’
Mid 18th century (denoting a diversion or amusement): Italian, literally ‘diversion’.
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