Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A symphony that is shorter than usual or that calls for fewer than the usual number of instruments.
  • n. A small symphony orchestra, especially one consisting of stringed instruments only.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small-scale symphony (either in length or size of orchestra needed).
  • n. A small orchestra.

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of sinfonia, sinfonia; see sinfonia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Either: (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Stowe, the retired rowing coach and Olympian, points to "churches, the sinfonietta [a local orchestra that's been performing around town for decades], an arts center" -- all of which help create "a regular community, not just a tourist trap," he says.

    Sports Town

  • "We've had this idea for 15 years," says Christophe Chagnard, music director for the sinfonietta.

    The News Tribune Blogs

  • The two Tacoma concerts explore these connections, with late Mozart works such as the overture to "Don Giovanni" and the furiously virtuosic "Haffner" symphony played by the sinfonietta, and mid-career Beethoven icons such as the "Emperor" piano concerto and the Symphony No. 5 played by the symphony.

    The News Tribune Blogs

  • CLASSICAL MUSIC: Collegium Cantorum Orchestra - A sinfonietta featuring three talented soloists performs during the 2008 Nitra Music Autumn.

    Slovak Spectator

  • The Long Blondes split following guitarist's stroke london sinfonietta. southbank centre.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • £9.99 with free UK delivery judy fisher associates. experienced corporate fundraiser sought to join th …. the london sinfonietta is looking for an outstandi ….

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  • Tacoma Symphony audiences "who've never heard the sinfonietta," he said, "might go to find out what it's about and vice versa.

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