adjective & adverbMusic
(especially as a direction after a tempo marking) at a moderate pace.[postpositive], [as submodifier] ‘allegro moderato’
A passage marked to be performed at a moderate pace.
- ‘The passion of the Allegretto poco moderato e comodo was never allowed to become overly sentimental.’
- ‘The work falls into four movements - moderato, slow, scherzo, and allegro finale - the last three played without a break.’
- ‘In the Allegro assai moderato we have an impression of impish playfulness that is very much akin to Gade's own inventiveness.’
- ‘The moderato comes with such tastefully conceived phrasing and smooth quality that there is now the kind of near-perfection that gives an idea of what these two musicians are capable of together.’
- ‘A mysterious first movement, prelude: adagio - moderato, runs much of its course over a rocking two-note pattern, building to a powerful climax.’
Italian, literally moderate.