Definition of concerto grosso in English:
noun (plural concerti grossi -si)
A musical composition for a group of solo instruments accompanied by an orchestra. The term is used mainly of baroque works.
- 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.
Early 18th century: Italian, literally 'big concerto'.
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