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Definition of Concerto


  1. A composition (usually in symphonic form with three movements) in which one instrument (or two or three) stands out in bold relief against the orchestra, or accompaniment, so as to display its qualities or the performer's skill.

Concerto Quotations

Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto. - Lope de Vega
Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.
Lope de Vega

When you play a concerto with a small orchestra, you don't feel it is as important as Carnegie Hall. You try to work out all the little problems. Once that's all done, trust comes in.
Itzhak Perlman

The cello is a hero because of its register - its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator.
Mstislav Rostropovich

Do you know that my very first experience as a composer was a 'Concerto for Accordion?'
Alfred Schnittke

The way it works: The orchestra plays a few selections of its own and I terminate the first part of the programme on piano, usually with a movement from a Mozart concerto.
George Shearing
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Concerto Translations

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