concerto grosso

noun concerto gros·so \-ˈgrō-(ˌ)sō, -ˈgrȯ-\

Definition of concerto grosso


concerti grossi

play \-(ˌ)sē\
  1. :  a baroque orchestral composition featuring a small group of solo instruments contrasting with the full orchestra

Origin and Etymology of concerto grosso

Italian, literally, big concerto

First Known Use: 1776

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