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Divertimento (It.: ‘diversion’, ‘recreation’, ‘enjoyment’; Eng. and Ger. by usage; Fr. divertissement).locked

  • Hubert Unverricht
  •  and Cliff Eisen


A musical genre, prominent in the Classical period.

Following its original Italian meaning, ‘divertimento’ is generally understood, first, to denote a work primarily designed for the entertainment of the listeners and the players, without excluding the possibility of high artistic achievement, such as is found in divertimentos by Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart. Second, a divertimento could serve as background music for some social gathering such as a conversazione or a banquet. H.C. Koch (...

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