Definition of concerto in English:


Line breaks: con|certo
Pronunciation: /kənˈtʃəːtəʊ
, -ˈtʃɛːtəʊ/

noun (plural concertos or concerti /-ti/)

A musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale.
More example sentences
  • I had been rather unimpressed by this composer's piano concertos but his solo piano music is clearly a different matter.
  • Recent credits include premier performances of commissioned concerti for symphony orchestra and Taylor's ensemble Latin Fiesta.
  • He composed three symphonies, a piano concerto, and chamber music.


early 18th century: Italian, from concertare 'harmonize'.

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