Definition of concertante in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkänCHərˈtäntē/ /-ˌtā/


1Denoting a piece of music containing one or more solo parts, typically of less prominence or weight than in a concerto. See also sinfonia concertante.
Example sentences
  • The fourth disc is dedicated to more concert party pieces with the obligatory Sarasate and Saint Saens concertante works.
  • It is anchored on either end by two large concertante works for flute and orchestra, and there are two shorter pieces in the middle.
  • There may be moments when the sound picture is more chamber-like than concertante but the result sounds entirely apt.
2chiefly historical Denoting prominent instrumental parts present throughout a piece of music, especially in baroque and early classical compositions.
Example sentences
  • The Prince had an excellent court orchestra, and Haydn was expected to provide not just symphonies, but also concertante opportunities for the most accomplished instrumentalists in the orchestra.
  • Also resident in the USA was Ernest Bloch, and Moura performed the concertante piano part in his Concerto Grosso No 1.
  • The composer himself remarked on its innovation: a ‘sonata written in a concertante manner, almost like a concerto.’


Italian, 'harmonizing', from concertare 'harmonize'.

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Syllabification: con·cer·tan·te

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