Definition of moderato in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (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.