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andante

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Pronunciation: /anˈdanteɪ
 
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Music

Definition of andante in English:

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) in a moderately slow tempo.
Example sentences
  • Presenter Jack O'Brien kept proceedings at a nice pace - andante you might say - while feeding us morsels of intriguing information.
  • I glided out of the house andante in 3-4 time, nearly floating, dreamlike, toward my destination.
  • He didn't know what a waltz was, or what it meant to play allegro instead of andante.

noun

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A movement, passage, or composition marked to be performed andante.
Example sentences
  • The tendency is usually to play the andantes too slowly, and the quick movements, scherzos, & c, too quickly.
  • Though things improve, Serkin, lyrical in the outer movements, spoils the andante with heavy accents.
  • The following ‘Largo’ runs longer than most, but I'd not have it a moment less: limpidly beautiful and, yes, a bit Romantic, like a Mendelssohn andante.

Origin

Italian, literally 'going', present participle of andare.

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