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concertante

[kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-te] /ˌkɒn sərˈtɑn ti; Italian ˌkɔn tʃɛrˈtɑn tɛ/
adjective
1.
brilliantly virtuosic:
a concertante part for solo violin.
2.
solo rather than accompanying:
a sonata for recorder and harpsichord concertante.
noun, plural concertanti
[kon-ser-tahn-tee; Italian kawn-cher-tahn-tee] /ˌkɒn sərˈtɑn ti; Italian ˌkɔn tʃɛrˈtɑn ti/ (Show IPA)
3.
an 18th-century symphonic work with sections for solo instruments.
Also, concertato.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Italian, present participle of concertare to give a concert; see -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for concertante

concertante

/ˌkɒntʃəˈtæntɪ/
adjective
1.
characterized by contrasting alternating tutti and solo passages
noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ)
2.
a composition characterized by such contrasts
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from concertare to perform a concert, from concertoconcert
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