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adjective & adverbMusic
(especially as a direction) in a slow tempo and dignified in style.
unhurriedly, without hurrying, at a leisurely pace, at a slow pace, leisurely, steadily, taking one's time, in one's own good timeView synonyms
- ‘Now, the pianist will either feel daunted or liberated by the fact that Prélude no.4 bears no time signature: we are simply told largo, espressivo.’
nounPlural Largos, Plural largosMusic
A passage, movement, or composition marked to be performed in a slow tempo and with a dignified style.
- ‘Handel's Xerxes begins with a famous largo, ‘Shade as it never was’ (Ombra mai fu), sung by the self-same King of Kings to his beloved: a plane tree.’
- ‘The second movement, largo, is begun by the piano in a delicate shift away from the minor theme: the transition was handled adeptly by Goode, who set a perfect tempo for the burst of strings which enters upon his last bar.’
Italian, from Latin largus ‘copious, abundant’.
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