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n. pl. di·ver·ti·men·tos or di·ver·ti·men·ti (-tē)
A chiefly 18th-century form of instrumental chamber music having several short movements. Also called divertissement.

[Italian, from divertire, to divert, from Old French divertir; see divert.]


n, pl -ti (-tɪ)
1. (Classical Music) a piece of entertaining music in several movements, often scored for a mixed ensemble and having no fixed form
2. (Classical Music) an episode in a fugue
[C18: from Italian]


(dɪˌvɜr təˈmɛn toʊ, -ˌvɛr-)

n., pl. -tos, -ti (-tē).
1. an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in character, similar to a serenade.
[1750–60; < Italian, =diverti(re) to divert + -mento -ment]


An entertaining chamber suite or miniature symphony.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.divertimento - a musical composition in several movementsdivertimento - a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
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James Webster's contribution reexamines Haydn's early (pre-Esterhazy) divertimentos in an effort to demonstrate that works in this genre were composed as "serious" music, as opposed to our modern notion of divertimentos being "light occasional" pieces.
Although the title page of the second set promises one hundred compositions, the collection falls way short with only twenty-seven pieces, including two overtures for piano originally for orchestra; several marches, divertimentos, and other works for piano; and numerous songs for voice and piano accompaniment.
Sonja Gerlach has edited the volume of divertimentos in five or more parts for both strings and winds, while Gunter Thomas has prepared the edition of minuets and German dauces scored for orchestra, keyboard arrangements of dances, sketches, two minuets attributed to Haydn, marches for wind instruments, the "Marche Regimento de Marshall" of uncertain authenticity, and marches arranged for orchestra or keyboard.