American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Music In a slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than andante but faster than larghetto. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. Music A slow passage, movement, or work, especially one using adagio as the direction.
- n. A section of a pas de deux in which the ballerina and her partner perform steps requiring lyricism and great skill in lifting, balancing, and turning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music:
- Slow; slowly, leisurely, and with grace. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the performance to be very slow.
- Slow: as, an adagio movement.
- n. A slow movement; also, a piece of music or part of a composition characterized by slow movement.
- Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms, as: adagio assai or molto, very slow; adagio non troppo, slow, but not too much so; adagio cantabile or sostenuto, slow, with a flowing or sustained movement; adagio patetico, slow and with pathos; adagio pesante, slow, with heavy accents; adagio religioso, slow and in the church style; etc.
- n. music A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played rather slowly, leisurely and gracefully.
- n. music A passage having this mark.
- n. dance A male-female duet or mixed trio ballet displaying demanding balance, spins and/or lifts.
- adv. music Played rather slowly.
- adj. music Describing a passage having this mark.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Mus.) Slow; slowly, leisurely, and gracefully. When repeated,
adagio, adagio, it directs the movement to be very slow.
- n. A piece of music in
adagiotime; a slow movement.
- adv. slowly.
- adj. (of tempo) leisurely
- n. (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)
- n. a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
- Borrowing from Italian adagio. (Wiktionary)
- Italian : ad-, at (from Latin; see ad-) + agio, ease (from Old Provençal aize; akin to Old French aise; see ease). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I love Mahler but the adagio from the 5th symphony is used ad nauseum and sentimentally, almost in a Max Steiner Warner.”
“(Soundbite of "Adagio for Strings) SIMON: The adagio is the second movement of Samuel Barber's" String Quartet, "the rest of that work having receded almost behind the power of the adagio.”
“: All-Parish Spelling Bee winner correctly spells 'adagio”
“Although the Symphony lacks the striking originality of future masterpieces like "Fratres" (1977) or "Tabula Rasa" (1977), the adagio-like second movement, with its dark, anguished outbursts in the low strings, points the way.”
“I'm a get-a-cutting-from-the-neighbor kinda girl so, for me to go out and buy a big, new crossvine (bignonia capreolata) AND a big grassy thing called miscanthus adagio, well, you know I'm celebrating for sure.”
“At the heart of the symphony, structurally and emotionally, is the adagio, the wordless love scene, conceived for orchestra alone.”
“El conegut adagio del authority moviment de la sonata fourteen de L. Beethoven, coneguda com Clar de Lluna (Mondschein), interpretat per Alfred Brendel;”
“Orozco-Estrada may have been too indulgent of her slow adagio, but her clear vision of the final rondo again underlined a real artist in the making.”
“An all-Russian programme followed, with arias from Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, and a Shostakovich's tango from the Golden Age ballet was only outdone by an elegant adagio from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, featuring principal ballerina Svetlana Zakharova.”
“On first encountering Manon his reaction is an introspective adagio, much of it facing away from her.”
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