American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a moderately slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than allegretto but faster than adagio. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. An andante passage or movement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, moving with a moderate, even, graceful progression.
- n. A movement or piece composed in andante time: as, the andante in Beethoven's fifth symphony.
- Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms, as: andante con moto, in flowing style, with some quickness; andante ma non troppo, in flowing style, but not too slow; andante cantabile, with the movement of a song; andante maestoso, with a stately movement; andante pastorale, in the easy style of a pastoral melody.
- n. music A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a moderately slow tempo; faster than adagio but slower than allegretto.
- n. music A passage having this mark.
- adv. music Played at a moderately slow tempo.
- adj. music Describing a passage having this mark.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Moving moderately slow, but distinct and flowing; quicker than larghetto, and slower than allegretto.
- n. a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
- n. a moderately slow tempo (a walking pace)
- adv. at a moderately slow tempo
- adj. (of tempo) moderately slow
- Italian (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from present participle of andare, to walk, ultimately perhaps from Latin ambulāre; see ambhi in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The andante is a scene of reproach and complaint, but as between immortals.”
“And I think the only way to write about it well is to establish a tempo comparable to the one most suitable for reading the book -- which is to say "andante," a walking tempo.”
“The penultimate andante movement is especially memorable for its haunting lineups and groupings, which interconnect and configure the eight women as far more than a sum of their parts.”
“That was about five years ago, and I can only guess why that dynamic went AWOL in the andante on Friday.”
“He achieves something extra-special with the middle movement, the andante, a passionate control that doesn't hurry but pushes its way forward.”
“Once past intonation problems in the first movement, she settled into a performance of fierce lyricism, shaped the andante with great beauty and attacked the finale with superb wit.”
“It's like a musical symphony, with an andante, allegro and all the rest," he said Thursday.”
“With exquisite balance in the sarabande, a sustained ecstatic melancholy in the andante religioso, and light but earthy folkiness in the finale, this was a compelling account of Grieg's evocative retro masterpiece.”
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