adagio :

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  • n  (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)
    they played the adagio too quickly
  • n  a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
  • s  (of tempo) leisurely
  • r  slowly
    here you must play adagio

  • Then there are the Singer's Midgets, awkward little people with piping voices and thick Germanic accents who are employed as courtiers, adagio dancers, Mickey Minnie Mouse .
  • In symphonic works, you can have an adagio that lasts 40 minutes, but in ballet, it would be far too taxing for a soloist onstage that long.
  • In the wretched Superdome, where several people died before they could get out, a young violinist took out his instrument and played a Bach adagio.
News & Articles

  • Vandal hits sand castle
    After a few hundred hours of hard work, Kali Bradford discovered her sand castle "Violet Picking Lavender" near the Adagio Bean & Leaf at 981 E. Washington St., was vandalized sometime between July 14-15.
    July 16, 2013 - Sequim Gazette

  • Anton Bruckner in HULIQ
    In January 1883, Bruckner wrote to the conductor Felix Mottl, "One day I came home and felt very sad. The thought had crossed my mind that before long the Master would die, and then the Csharp minor theme of the Adagio came to me."
  • Andre Previn in Boston Globe
    It could bother me if it impinges on the mood of a piece,Previn adds. "If you clapped after the long Bruckner adagio, you'd be in big trouble. But would clapping between movements in general bother me as a conductor? No."
  • Cynthia Gregory in Boston Globe (registration)
    Erstwhile American Ballet Theatre star Cynthia Gregory, on the other hand, says "Balancing is my favorite thing, so I wasn't nervous in the Rose Adagio."

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