Allegretto



light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.
an allegretto movement.
Historical Examples

The stillness of night and the shimmering moonlight are in the delicate harmonies of (allegretto) strings.
Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies Philip H. Goepp

This allegretto is continued until the theme is taken up in C minor.
Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler

The Scherzo is clever and effective, and the allegretto cantabile, though the last, is scarcely the best of the four movements.
The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock

The allegretto vivace of the first of these quartets was long a rock of offence.
The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer

Simple as the allegretto appears in its suggestion of halting dance, the intent in the episodes is of the subtlest.
Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies Philip H. Goepp

It is now to be seen whether Schindlers account of the allegretto Scherzando will bear examination.
The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer

The first speaks adagio, the second allegretto, the third both together.
Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends John Keats

Take the allegretto a little faster, says Mr. Bullen, and gets up and begins to walk up and down again.
Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield

Schindler here prints the now well-known canon and adds: Out of this canon was developed the allegretto Scherzando.
The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer

allegretto was himself present when the oath was taken, and had no doubt of its efficacy.
The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy Jacob Burckhardt

adjective, adverb
(to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly
noun (pl) -tos
a piece or passage to be performed in this manner

1740, from Italian allegretto, diminutive of allegro (q.v.).

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