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sin·fo·niet·ta / ˌsinfənˈyetə/ • n. Mus. a short or simple symphony. ∎  a small symphony orchestra.

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sinfonietta (It.). Little symphony.
1. Short, and perhaps light, sym., e.g. those by Moeran, Roussel, and Janáček, whose Sinfonietta (1926) has a special brass ens. of 9 tpts., 2 ten. tubas, and 2 bass tpts., with 2 pairs of timpani. In finale 12 tpts. are used.

2. Small sym. orch., such as Bournemouth Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta, etc.

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