American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a moderately quick tempo, usually considered to be slightly slower than allegro but faster than andante. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. An allegretto passage or movement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, quicker in time than andante, but not so quick as allegro.
- n. A movement in such time.
- adv. music A direction in musical notation indicating that the musical piece should be played rather fast and lively.
- n. music A movement in this time.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Quicker than
andante, but not so quick as allegro.
- adj. (of tempo) faster than allegro
- adv. in a moderately quick tempo
- n. a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
- n. a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
- Borrowed from Italian allegretto, diminutive form of allegro. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, diminutive of allegro, allegro; see allegro. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Swiftness and clarity aside, one distinguishing feature was the limited use of string vibrato, now common practice but here especially effective in the seventh's allegretto, the not very slow "slow" movement.”
“The minuet, which is marked allegretto, has the spirit and sound of a scherzo and ought to be played like one.”
“I then switch my mind to playing internally the allegretto movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony before saying anything.”
“He marked the movement allegretto grazioso, ma non troppo presto, pero non troppo adagio, cosi-cosi, con molto garbo ed espressione.”
“HOFFMAN: Graceful allegretto but not too fast, but not too slow, so-so, with lots of elegance and expression.”
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“It's a minor tune in 6/8, a slow allegretto in the key of F.”
“It ought to have been all gay, allegro, allegretto, in that sparkle of bright air and old roof surfaces.”
“The intense, allegretto parts had my heart pounding -- though that could've been the timpani at work.”
“Mozart paused, startled, by a pet shop door and listened to the allegretto theme from his own piano concerto in G-Major repeated by a starling in a cage.”
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