Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. light, free and easy; without strictness or legato
  • adv. played in such a manner
  • n. a directive in a score specifying that the music is to be played in this manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music:
  • Free; unrestrained: opposed to strict: as, a fuga sciolta (a free fugue).
  • Not legato; detached; staccato.

Etymologies

From Italian sciolto, from sciogliere ("to set free"). (Wiktionary)

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