Herbert von Karajan conducting in 1941
Herbert von Karajan conducting in 1941

Maestro (/ˈmstr/; from the Italian and Spanish maestro [maˈestro; maˈɛstro], meaning "master" or "teacher")[1] is an honorific title of respect (plural: maestros or maestri). The term is most commonly used in the context of Western classical music and opera, in line with the ubiquitous use of Italian musical terms.

In music

The word maestro is most often used in addressing or referring to conductors. Less frequently, one might refer to respected composers, performers, impresarios, musicologists, and music teachers.

In the world of Italian opera, the title is also used to designate a number of positions within the orchestra and company that have specific duties during rehearsal and performance. These include:

See also

References

  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  2. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John, eds. (2001). "Maestro concertatore". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan.[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John, eds. (2001). "Maestro direttore". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan.[full citation needed]

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