Definition of concerto in US English:

concerto

nounPlural concertos, Plural concerti

  • A musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale.

    • ‘Recent credits include premier performances of commissioned concerti for symphony orchestra and Taylor's ensemble Latin Fiesta.’
    • ‘If I compare it to the symphonies, concerti, and chamber music, it seems rather bland to me, but why deny people their fun?’
    • ‘He composed three symphonies, a piano concerto, and chamber music.’
    • ‘I am going to limit myself to the three concertos for four solo violins without basso continuo.’
    • ‘Beamish is one of the best-known names in classical music, and Britain's most prolific composer of concertos.’
    • ‘What makes these works piano concertos and not piano quartets, then?’
    • ‘We had many elaborate presentations - clarinet concertos, violin solos, flute duets and saxophone trios.’
    • ‘I had been rather unimpressed by this composer's piano concertos but his solo piano music is clearly a different matter.’
    • ‘The limited menu of three classical and three romantic concerti composers is nonetheless a representative sampling of the rich repertoire.’
    • ‘In fact, this work must be ranked among the finest piano concertos by an American composer.’
    • ‘For one thing, the programmes completed a Barbican cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos with the American soloist Richard Goode.’
    • ‘In the 1770s he began composing symphonies, concertos, operas and theater music.’
    • ‘The earliest concertos composed for square piano are slight works, diverting but light weight.’
    • ‘Like other great composers he mastered a wide range of musical genres, including symphonies, concerti, film music, operas, program pieces and ballets such as Romeo and Juliet.’
    • ‘The two solo concertos, also both in four movements, demonstrate Telemann's variety.’
    • ‘It's not an ambitious score and is less serious than Piston's symphonies and concertos.’
    • ‘He left symphonies, concerti, chamber music, and much choral music.’
    • ‘The LSO and Philharmonia are each programming the complete Beethoven and Brahms piano concertos.’
    • ‘For those who know Weinberg's symphonies, concerti, and chamber music, this ballet may come as a surprise.’
    • ‘At the festival he will perform a solo recital and play the Elgar concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.’
    work of art, work, creation, artistic work, literary work, musical work, opus, oeuvre, piece, arrangement
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Origin

Early 18th century: Italian, from concertare ‘harmonize’.

Pronunciation

concerto

/kənˈtʃɛrdoʊ//kənˈCHerdō/