In music, the term adagio means played slowly. If a symphony has an adagio movement, it's a section that's played at a slow tempo.

Adagio can be an instruction on a piece of sheet music, directing the musician to play slowly, or it can be a description of a musical interlude. Sometimes a composition has the word adagio in its title, like Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." The origin of adagio is the Italian phrase ad agio, in which ad means "at" or "to," and agio means "leisure."

Definitions of adagio

adv slowly

“here you must play adagio

adj (of tempo) leisurely

at a slow tempo

n (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)

“they played the adagio too quickly”
Type of:
composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
a musical work that has been created
musical passage, passage
a short section of a musical composition

n a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers

Type of:
dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore
taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

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