adagio definition

  • adverb:
    • songs In a slow tempo, typically regarded as being slowly than andante but quicker than larghetto. Pre-owned chiefly as a direction.
    • Played instead gradually.
    • gradually
  • noun:
    • songs A slow passage, action, or work, specifically one using adagio as path.
    • A section of a pas de 2 in which the ballerina and her companion perform tips requiring lyricism and great ability in raising, managing, and turning.
    • A tempo mark directing that a passage will be played rather gradually, leisurely and gracefully.
    • A passage having this level.
    • A male-female duet or mixed trio ballet displaying demanding balance, spins and/or lifts.
    • a bit of music in adagio time; a slow activity.
    • In songs:
    • A slow movement; also, an item of songs or element of a composition described as slow activity.
    • (songs) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)
    • a slow part of a pas de 2 requiring great ability and strength by the performers
  • adjective:
    • Describing a passage having this level.
    • (of tempo) leisurely
  • adjective-and-adverb:
    • Slow; gradually, leisurely, and gracefully. Whenever repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the movement is very slow.
  • others:
    • Slow; slowly, leisurely, with elegance. Whenever repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the performance is very sluggish.
    • Slow: since, an adagio movement.
    • Unique kinds of movement or style are indicated by the addition of various other terms, as: adagio assai or molto, extremely slow; adagio non troppo, slow, yet not a lot of so; adagio cantabile or sostenuto, slow, with a flowing or suffered motion; adagio patetico, sluggish with pathos; adagio pesante, sluggish, with hefty accents; adagio religioso, sluggish as well as in the church style; etc.

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