One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A simple or short concerto.
- ‘Creston's Seven Theses will probably shock those who know items like the marimba concertino or the Symphony #2.’
- ‘The concertino was given a public performance last May in Los Angeles and is poised for wider revival.’
- ‘Sadly Fauré died before the concertino was completed, but the two movements we have - ‘Blues’ and ‘Charleston’ - indicate a new departure in the Maître's musical progress.’
- ‘Hindemith quickly learnt to play it and wrote a concertino the very next year.’
- ‘To call this a concertino is something of a stretch, however, because it lasts all of 3: 53 in this performance.’
2A solo instrument or solo instruments playing with an orchestra.
- ‘The concertino instruments sometimes play alone and sometimes are heard in combination with the ripieno group.’
- ‘Which instrument accompanies the Concertino instruments?’
- ‘Aria 24 combines two concertino recorders with flutes.’
- ‘It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.’
Late 18th century: Italian, diminutive of concerto (see concerto).
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