Definition of concertante in English:

concertante

Line breaks: con|cer¦tante
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntʃəˈtanteɪ
 
, -ˈtanti/

adjective

  • 1Denoting a piece of music containing one or more solo parts, typically of less prominence than in a concerto: he wrote several concertante works See also sinfonia concertante.
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    • The fourth disc is dedicated to more concert party pieces with the obligatory Sarasate and Saint Saens concertante works.
    • It is anchored on either end by two large concertante works for flute and orchestra, and there are two shorter pieces in the middle.
    • There may be moments when the sound picture is more chamber-like than concertante but the result sounds entirely apt.
  • 2Denoting prominent instrumental parts present throughout a piece of music, especially in baroque and early classical compositions: the cantata has a fine violin concertante part
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    • The Prince had an excellent court orchestra, and Haydn was expected to provide not just symphonies, but also concertante opportunities for the most accomplished instrumentalists in the orchestra.
    • Also resident in the USA was Ernest Bloch, and Moura performed the concertante piano part in his Concerto Grosso No 1.
    • The composer himself remarked on its innovation: a ‘sonata written in a concertante manner, almost like a concerto.’

Origin

Italian, 'harmonizing', from concertare 'harmonize'.

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