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moderato Line breaks: mod¦er|ato
Pronunciation: /ˌmɒdəˈrɑːtəʊ/

Definition of moderato in English:

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) at a moderate pace: [postpositive:, as submodifier]: allegro moderato
More example sentences
  • In other words, the mood that is written above the score is never quite identical to the affects it contains: Moderato Cantabile is never quite moderato cantabile.
  • The penultimate, Prelude 23, is faster than the moderato marking.
  • As this passage also suggests, however, moderato cantabile seems to be much more than what is written above the score.

noun (plural moderatos)

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A passage marked to be performed at a moderate pace.
Example sentences
  • The moderato comes with such tastefully conceived phrasing and smooth quality that there is now the kind of near-perfection that gives an idea of what these two musicians are capable of together.
  • The work falls into four movements - moderato, slow, scherzo, and allegro finale - the last three played without a break.
  • A mysterious first movement, prelude: adagio - moderato, runs much of its course over a rocking two-note pattern, building to a powerful climax.


Italian, literally 'moderate'.

Words that rhyme with moderato

agitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, legato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, tomato, vibrato, Waikato
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