Definition of concertino in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkän(t)SHərˈtēnō/ /ˌkɑn(t)ʃərˈtinoʊ/


  • 1A simple or short concerto.

    ‘Sadly Fauré died before the concertino was completed, but the two movements we have - ‘Blues’ and ‘Charleston’ - indicate a new departure in the Maître's musical progress.’
    • ‘Creston's Seven Theses will probably shock those who know items like the marimba concertino or the Symphony #2.’
    • ‘Hindemith quickly learnt to play it and wrote a concertino the very next year.’
    • ‘To call this a concertino is something of a stretch, however, because it lasts all of 3: 53 in this performance.’
    • ‘The concertino was given a public performance last May in Los Angeles and is poised for wider revival.’
  • 2A solo instrument or solo instruments playing with an orchestra.

    as modifier ‘the concertino group of two violins and cello’
    • ‘It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.’
    • ‘Aria 24 combines two concertino recorders with flutes.’
    • ‘The concertino instruments sometimes play alone and sometimes are heard in combination with the ripieno group.’
    • ‘Which instrument accompanies the Concertino instruments?’


Late 18th century Italian, diminutive of concerto (see concerto).