Definition of concertante in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkônCHərˈtänˌtā/ /ˌkɔntʃərˈtɑnˌteɪ/ /ˌkônsərˈtänˌtā/ /ˌkɔnsərˈtɑnˌteɪ/


  • 1Denoting a piece of music containing one or more solo parts, typically of less prominence or weight than in a concerto.

    ‘he wrote several concertante works’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We started with Quirk, a concertante written by Karl Jenkins and receiving its premier tonight.’
    • ‘The Realside, for the BBC Singers, came in 1999, and Snowblind, a percussion concertante for Colin Currie earlier this year.’
  • 2Denoting prominent instrumental parts present throughout a piece of music, especially in baroque and early classical compositions.

    ‘the cantata has a fine violin concertante part’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Jack Gallagher's The Persistence of Memory (In Memoriam Brian Israel) is a longish piece with a concertante cello part, excellently played by Bogdana Peneva.’
    • ‘Like Telemann he makes telling use of quite elaborate woodwind set against the string tutti not just in soloist-like concertante passages but so as to adduce particularly striking timbres overall.’


Italian, ‘harmonizing’, from concertare ‘harmonize’.