from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music In a restless, agitated style. Used chiefly as a direction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a restless agitated style.
- n. A passage having this mark.
- adv. Played in a restless agitated style.
- adj. Describing a passage having this mark.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sung or played in a restless, hurried, and spasmodic manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Agitated; restless: a word used in music, generally in combination with allegro or presto, to describe the character of a movement as broken, hurried, or restless in style.
Stunned sports fans heard about great choral rushes, about slap shots con brio, about passing agitato and penalty-killing molto expressivo.
Then came a swift _agitato finale_ -- a breathless, hurrying, trembling movement, descriptive of flight, and uncertainty, and vague impulsive terror, which carried us away on its rustling wings, and left us all emotion and wonder.
Then came a swift agitato finale -- a breathless, hurrying, trembling movement, descriptive of flight, and uncertainty, and vague impulsive terror, which carried us away on its rustling wings, and left us all in emotion and wonder.
The _agitato finale_ means the close of the passage with a hurrying movement.
(The superlative degree of _allegro_.) _Allegro agitato_ -- a moderately rapid tempo, and in agitated style.
There is a military moment, a lyric of more seriousness, and a finish agitato.
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There is, I believe, no composition in the whole world that shows with the same distinctness the soul torn by tragic conflict; especially in the third part of the Sonata, the _Presto-agitato_.
With the scene of the denial, for which we are thus prepared, the dramatic movement becomes exceedingly rapid, and the rendering of the events in the high-priest's hall -- Peter's bass recitative alternating its craven protestations with the clamorous agitato chorus of the servants -- is stirring in the extreme.
Alia prima notizia della di lei malattia egli fu sommamente agitato; giunse poi la notizia della morte, ed io dovessi esercitare il tristo uficio di participarla a Lord Byron.
This may be marked 'presto agitato', but I've never heard it played so crazily fast yet still accurate: the trouble was, all the detail of the passage work - which is the real thrill here - got blown away in the wind.