One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjectiveMusic
(especially as a direction) in a majestic manner.
exalted, august, great, awesome, elevated, sublime, loftyView synonyms
- ‘The Largo maestoso finale, at thirteen minutes, is the longest movement.’
- ‘I thought there was nothing maestoso about the first movement.’
- ‘The song morphs into another idea of maestoso chords, which gradually peters out to a quiet finish.’
- ‘His composure shifted from weightless glee, to a rougher, maestoso tone of scorn.’
- ‘The music opens impressively with its main - nay, only - theme: three descending tones, blazed out maestoso in unison on the brass.’
A movement or passage marked to be performed in a majestic manner.
- ‘Listen to Anderszewski play the opening of the first Variation marked Alla Marcia maestoso.’
- ‘The opening Allegro maestoso is winningly done whilst the lovely Andante semplice also contains much that is beautiful and simple at the same time.’
- ‘Rabotkina brought refreshing restraint and imaginative, often poetic musical shape to the thrice familiar Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso.’
- ‘Andante maestoso was not an overblown anticlimax but the real apotheosis of Tchaikovsky's musical argument.’
- ‘Moderato e maestoso, the fourth movement, sent me back into the cool night with delight of the highest order.’
Italian, ‘majestic’, based on Latin majestas ‘majesty’.
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