Definition of concertino in English:


Line breaks: con|cer¦tino
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntʃəˈtiːnəʊ

noun (plural concertinos)

  • 1A simple or short concerto.
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    • Sadly Fauré died before the concertino was completed, but the two movements we have - ‘Blues’ and ‘Charleston’ - indicate a new departure in the Maître's musical progress.
    • Creston's Seven Theses will probably shock those who know items like the marimba concertino or the Symphony #2.
    • Hindemith quickly learnt to play it and wrote a concertino the very next year.
  • 2A solo instrument or solo instruments playing with an orchestra: [as modifier]: the concertino group of two violins and cello
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    • It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.
    • Aria 24 combines two concertino recorders with flutes.
    • The concertino instruments sometimes play alone and sometimes are heard in combination with the ripieno group.


late 18th century: Italian, diminutive of concerto (see concerto).

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