What does allegretto mean?

Definitions for allegretto
ˌæl ɪˈgrɛt oʊal·le·gret·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. allegrettonoun

    a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro

  2. allegrettoadjective

    a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro

  3. allegrettoadverb

    (of tempo) faster than allegro

  4. allegrettoadverb

    in a moderately quick tempo

    "play this more allegretto"


  1. allegrettoadverb

    A direction in musical notation indicating that the musical piece should be played rather fast and lively.

  2. Etymology: Borrowed from allegretto, diminutive form of allegro.


  1. allegretto

    In musical terminology, tempo (Italian, 'time'; plural tempos, or tempi from the Italian plural) is the speed or pace of a given piece. In classical music, tempo is typically indicated with an instruction at the start of a piece (often using conventional Italian terms) and is usually measured in beats per minute (or bpm). In modern classical compositions, a "metronome mark" in beats per minute may supplement or replace the normal tempo marking, while in modern genres like electronic dance music, tempo will typically simply be stated in BPM. Tempo may be separated from articulation and meter, or these aspects may be indicated along with tempo, all contributing to the overall texture. While the ability to hold a steady tempo is a vital skill for a musical performer, tempo is changeable. Depending on the genre of a piece of music and the performers' interpretation, a piece may be played with slight tempo rubato or drastic variances. In ensembles, the tempo is often indicated by a conductor or by one of the instrumentalists, for instance the drummer.


  1. allegretto

    Allegretto is an Italian musical term used to describe a tempo (speed) that is faster than moderato yet slower than allegro. It suggests a light, cheerful, and somewhat brisk pace. It is also occasionally used as a title for a short, light musical piece.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allegrettoadjective

    quicker than andante, but not so quick as allegro

  2. Allegrettonoun

    a movement in this time

  3. Etymology: [It., dim. of allegro.]

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Allegretto is ranked #51066 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Allegretto surname appeared 408 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Allegretto.

    96.8% or 395 total occurrences were White.
    1.7% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegretto in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegretto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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