Definition of concerto in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈtʃəːtəʊ/

noun (plural concertos or concerti /kənˈtʃəːti/ /kənˈtʃɛːti/)

A musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale.
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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