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 (ăl′ĭ-grĕt′ō, ä′lĭ-) Music
adv. & adj.
In a moderately quick tempo, usually considered to be slightly slower than allegro but faster than andante. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. al·le·gret·tos
An allegretto passage or movement.

[Italian, diminutive of allegro, allegro; see allegro.]


(ˌælɪˈɡrɛtəʊ) music
adj, adv
(Classical Music) (to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly
n, pl -tos
(Classical Music) a piece or passage to be performed in this manner
[C19: diminutive of allegro]


(ˌæl ɪˈgrɛt oʊ)

adj., adv., n., pl. -tos. Music. adj., adv.
1. light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.
2. an allegretto movement.
[1730–40; < Italian, =allegr(o) allegro + -etto -et]


moderately fast
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.allegretto - a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegroallegretto - a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
pacing, tempo - (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
2.allegretto - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
Adj.1.allegretto - (of tempo) faster than allegroallegretto - (of tempo) faster than allegro  
fast - at a rapid tempo; "the band played a fast fox trot"
Adv.1.allegretto - in a moderately quick tempoallegretto - in a moderately quick tempo; "play this more allegretto"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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The proportions remain the same - both Haydn-Niemecz and Mozart-Czerny increase from slowest to fastest by a factor of two, and there is no getting around the fact that both pieces of information describe a considerable range for minuet tempos - including quite fast Allegrettos.(13)
Beyond the Czerny and Beethoven examples for quick Allegrettos I have cited above, Beethoven further gives us, in the 6/8 Allegretto agitato fourth movement of his F minor String Quartet, op.95, a tempo of dotted crotchet = 92, surely rather close to the dotted minim = 108 of the Menuetto of his Symphony no.l.
It is important to emphasize, however, that Czerny and Hummel give us no clearly determinable pattern of tempo differentiations as they relate to such tempo words as Allegro, Allegretto and Moderato.