concerto grosso

concerto gros·​so | \ -ˈgrō-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce concerto grosso (audio) , -ˈgrȯ- How to pronounce concerto grosso (audio) \
plural concerti grossi\ -​ˈgrō-​(ˌ)sē How to pronounce concerto grosso (audio) , -​ˈgrȯ-​ \

Definition of concerto grosso

: a baroque orchestral composition featuring a small group of solo instruments contrasting with the full orchestra

Examples of concerto grosso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bach expounded on the typical form of a concerto grosso—in which a small string contingent share soloist duties against a larger band—by including brass and woodwinds. The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 Smith, who grew up in Albany Park, says the gnashing, relentless work is loosely inspired by a Baroque concerto grosso, but the similarities mostly end with its ensemble size and three-movement structure. Hannah Edgar,, 2 Nov. 2021 Scored for chamber orchestra, the piece functions as something of a concerto grosso. Peter Dobrin,, 6 May 2018 His knack for keeping textures spotless, rhythms sharply etched, yielded an idiomatic rendition of Bartok’s mid-20th-century take on the baroque concerto grosso. John Von Rhein,, 3 Nov. 2017 As the piece proceeds, players return to their other instruments — strings, clarinets, flutes, cello, and marimba — and a kind of concerto grosso emerges. Peter Dobrin,, 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of concerto grosso

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concerto grosso

Italian, literally, big concerto

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