Sinfonietta meaning

sĭnfə-nyĕtə, -fō-
A symphony that is shorter than usual or requires fewer instruments than usual.
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A small symphony orchestra, especially one consisting of stringed instruments only.
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A brief symphony, usually for a small orchestra.
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(music) A small-scale symphony (either in length or size of orchestra needed).
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(music) A small orchestra.
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Origin of sinfonietta

  • Italian diminutive of sinfonia sinfonia sinfonia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • formed on the Italian roots sinfonia (“symphony") + -etta (feminine diminutive suffix), either in English or in German (as Sinfonietta) and adopted thence; or,

    From Wiktionary

  • an alteration of the French symphoniette to resemble an Italian construction of the form sinfonia + -etta.

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  • from the Italian sinfonietta;

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