concerto grosso

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

Definition of concerto grosso

plural

concerti grossi

play \-ˈgrō-(ˌ)sē, -ˈgrȯ-\
  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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