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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The concertino was given a public performance last May in Los Angeles and is poised for wider revival.’
2A solo instrument or solo instruments playing with an orchestra.as modifier ‘the concertino group of two violins and cello’
- ‘Aria 24 combines two concertino recorders with flutes.’
- ‘Which instrument accompanies the Concertino instruments?’
- ‘It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.’
- ‘The concertino instruments sometimes play alone and sometimes are heard in combination with the ripieno group.’
Late 18th century: Italian, diminutive of concerto (see concerto).
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