Definition of tiento in English:


Line breaks: ti¦ento
Pronunciation: /ˈtjɛntəʊ

noun (plural tientos)

  • (In 16th- and 17th-century Spanish music) a contrapuntal piece resembling a ricercar, originally for strings and later for organ.
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    • Among his best pieces are tientos of great structural variety, glosas, and diferencias.
    • Is there something specific that is supposed to be included in the song for it to be considered a tiento?
    • In this volume, which deals with tientos, he examines the meter, guitar playing, singing and dancing in this flamenco form.


Spanish, literally 'touch, feel'.

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