adagio

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adagio (of tempo) leisurely
    • adv adagio slowly "here you must play adagio"
    • n adagio a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
    • n adagio (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully) "they played the adagio too quickly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adagio A piece of music in adagio time; a slow movement; as, an adagio of Haydn.
    • a. & adv Adagio (Mus) Slow; slowly, leisurely, and gracefully. When repeated, adagio adagio, it directs the movement to be very slow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adagio In music:
    • adagio Slow; slowly, leisurely, and with grace. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the performance to be very slow.
    • adagio Slow: as, an adagio movement.
    • n adagio A slow movement; also, a piece of music or part of a composition characterized by slow movement.
    • adagio Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms, as: adagio assai or molto, very slow; adagio non troppo, slow, but not too much so; adagio cantabile or sostenuto, slow, with a flowing or sustained movement; adagio patetico, slow and with pathos; adagio pesante, slow, with heavy accents; adagio religioso, slow and in the church style; etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Adagio a-dā′gī-o (mus.) slowly
    • n Adagio a slow movement: a piece in adagio time
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. adagio,; ad,L. ad,) at + agio, convenience, leisure, ease. See Agio

Usage

In literature:

When the adagio was finished, the king laid his flute aside and approached the prince.
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
The adagio is one of those slow movements for which Beethoven was noted; the cantilena is lovely and the sentiment deep and tender.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The first adagio went quite successfully, although Panshin made more than one mistake.
"A Nobleman's Nest" by Ivan Turgenieff
Now, to-day, here's a nice little adagio lesson for us, if we play it properly.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The incoherence of the Journal suddenly glides into an adagio.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Mozart's Adagio and Fugue for string orchestra given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
During one of these adagio movements by the engine, Cynthia, who had been consulting a guidebook, leaned forward with a smile on her face.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
Adagio ("O Eros, Allsieger im Kampf"); 5.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
He played the piano excellently and, at times, would indulge in a sentimental adagio.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Now, then, the adagio.
"The Master's Violin" by Myrtle Reed
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In poetry:

D'infinita pieta` pianse angosciato,
E, i cibi rifiutando alla natura,
In un angol tranquillo del creato
S'adagio`, come morto a sepoltura.
"Mors Tua, Vita Mea" by Ferdinando Fontana
"How sweet is the shepherd's sweet life!
From the dawn to the even he strays —
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.
(adagio dim.) Filled with praise!"
"The Masque of Plenty" by Rudyard Kipling
And onward, as bells off San Salvador
Salute the crocus lustres of the stars,
In these poinsettia meadows of her tides,—
Adagios of islands, O my Prodigal,
Complete the dark confessions her veins spell.
"Voyages II" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

Creston Electronics Adagio Music System (AMS).
Expanding its Adagio line, Crestron Electronics has launched the Adagio Media System (AMS), adding surround sound processing and video for home theater as well as whole house audio distribution.
The Adagio AADS audio distribution system from Crestron provides audio signal routing, processing, and amplification for up to six rooms.
Hot Pink Party benefits Adagio Health.
Easter is a rescue from the long adagio of winter.
The beat goes on ­ in adagio, allegro and allegretto by Bob Karolevitz People I really admire are piano players who can read ­ and play ­ all those notes on the two staff levels before them.
Andante un poco Adagio in f, Op 120/1.
Creston Electronics Adagio Music System (AMS).
Nocturnal Adagio by Danish Composer.
Saint-Saëns also employs one of Liszt's favorite compositional techniques: the development of an elaborate musical structure from a single motif - in this case, a rising four-note phrase first played by the oboe in the short opening Adagio.
Adagio on Celtic Themes London Philharmonic Orchestra Charles Mackerras, conductor Ofra Harnoy, cello RCA 60757.
Adagio and Allegro for Cello & Piano in Ab, Op 70.
Simon Sousa of the Adagio Piano Lounge has learned his lesson about selling items on Craigslist.
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