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concerto grosso

Syllabification: con·cer·to gros·so
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrōsō, ˈɡrôsō
 
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Definition of concerto grosso in English:

noun (plural concerti grossi /ˈɡrōsē, ˈɡrôsē/)

A musical composition for a group of solo instruments accompanied by an orchestra. The term is used mainly of baroque works.
Example sentences
  • The sinfonia concertante arose in the latter half of the 1700s as the successor to the Baroque concerto grosso.
  • ‘Ritornello form’ is a term used to describe the first and often the last movements of the Baroque concerto, especially the concerto grosso.
  • Scored for sixteen players, the work offers a Carterian reinterpretation of the form of the concerto grosso.

Origin

early 18th century: Italian, literally 'big concerto'.

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