American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Music In a majestic and stately manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, with dignity or majesty; majestically.
- adv. music majestically
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Mus.) Majestic or majestically; -- a direction to perform a passage or piece of music in a dignified manner.
- Borrowed from Italian maestoso. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from maestà, majesty, greatness, from Latin māiestās; see meg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now she appears alone in this live recording from Prague's major concert venue, the Rudolfinum, dazzling in the Brahms Sonata No 3, demanding attention in the opening allegro maestoso and taking the "allegro energico" marking of the scherzo more than literally.”
“The climactic duet, which Tchaikovsky composed as a thrilling "andante maestoso," becomes, in Mr. Ratmansky's choreography, a tricky, almost quirky dance that eschews the expected formal, classical-ballet decorum for acrobatic movements.”
“Tchaikovsky's "andante maestoso" reaches its full soaring heights with Mr. Morris's choreography riding the crest.”
“I ought to be rehearsing since I'm due to record Paganini the second violin concerto, this is with the Philharmonic in less than three weeks and the Allegro maestoso has been giving me some trouble.”
“A.r. for unison or four part chorus by N.A. M. A.legro maestoso”
“_Andante maestoso_ -- moderately slow, and majestically.”
“The introductory Largo maestoso opens with a figure of striking aspect, like a clenched, upraised fist.”
“This music is exquisite, wondrously exquisite, and it is followed by a maestoso e solenne movement of unsurpassable majesty.”
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“The tragic note is sounded, with impressive authority and force, in the brief introduction, _largo maestoso_.”
“The tragic note is sounded, with impressive authority and force, in the brief introduction, largo maestoso.”
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