Adjective "adagio" definition and examples

(Adagio may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples

adverb & adjective

(especially as a direction) in slow time.
  1. 'The hushed surprise of the adagio introduction gave way to the driving rhythmic thrust of the Allegro molto.'
  2. 'The shorter second movement in C minor involves some more complex harmonies, and the last movement is the most interesting of the four - a fugal movement based on a chromatic theme, closing with an adagio section.'
  3. 'In the adagio solo at the center of George Balanchine's Square Dance, Peter Boal exudes a beautiful meditative melancholy from each perfectly articulated phrase.'
  4. 'Peter Sheppard Skærved, who writes the compendious notes, wonders if Beethoven himself might have written the adagio variation.'
  5. 'The adagio finale is textually simple and emotionally complicated.'
  6. 'She began to tremble in fear when her heart's steady pace quickened into a fast-paced minuet, her breath's stable rhythm raced into a sixteenth note, and her feet's adagio tempo sped into a presto.'
  7. 'Her ability, in the celebrated adagio movement of Symphony in C, to give the abstract choreography a deep, soulful dimension earned her comparison with predecessors like Suzanne Farrell and Allegra Kent.'
  8. 'During one adagio segment, solemn bells signal an ominous invasion, which soon occurs: strings swoop down like winged demons from a Gustave Doré print - several times.'


A movement, passage, or composition marked to be performed adagio.
  1. 'Furthermore, the adagio presents the violist and pianist with a tour de force: fourteen minutes of slow playing at a dynamic range restricted mostly to soft.'
  2. 'Morgan used gorgeous music, the adagio from Mozart's Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, played lusciously by David Jones and the Kennedy Center Orchestra under conductor Ron J. Matson.'
  3. 'The adagio is indeed not too slow: it whizzed by me almost unnoticed.'
  4. 'Karolyi chooses the adagio from Beethoven's Cello Sonata No.5.'
  5. 'The striking thing about this album is the range of styles he dabbles in - from grand bossa novas to soft adagios.'
  6. 'For the slow movement, Simpson acknowledges his debt to Bruckner's adagios.'
  7. 'The outer movements are undistinguished but the central adagio swoons with escapist yearnings for the unattainable.'
  8. 'And, in the recollection of the father's clumsy attempt to play the adagio from Beethoven's Hammerklavier sonata, our sympathy for him is short-circuited by the daughter's memory of her own laughter.'
  9. 'There are more sensuous pauses and pensive gulfs between his allegrettos and adagios.'
  10. 'The audience was often tricked by cadences that felt as though they should lead into the famous adagio.'

More definitions

1. Music. in a leisurely manner; slowly. adjective

2. Music. slow. noun, plural adagios.

3. Music. an adagio movement or piece.

4. Dance. a sequence of well-controlled, graceful movements performed as a display of skill. a duet by a man and a woman or mixed trio emphasizing difficult technical feats. (especially in ballet) a love-duet sequence in a pas de deux.

More examples(as adjective)

"movements can be adagio."

"minors can be adagio."

"meals can be adagio."

"knowns can be adagio."

"graziosos can be adagio."

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Italian, from ad agio ‘at ease’.