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concerto grosso

[kuh n-cher-toh groh-soh; Italian kawn-cher-taw graws-saw] /kənˈtʃɛr toʊ ˈgroʊ soʊ; Italian kɔnˈtʃɛr tɔ ˈgrɔs sɔ/
noun, plural concerti grossi
[kuh n-cher-tee groh-see; Italian kawn-cher-tee graws-see] /kənˈtʃɛr ti ˈgroʊ si; Italian kɔnˈtʃɛr ti ˈgrɔs si/ (Show IPA),
concerto grossos.
1.
a musical form, common in the Baroque period, in which contrasting sections are played by full orchestra and by a small group of soloists.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: literally, big concert; see gross
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concerto grosso

/ˈɡrɒsəʊ/
noun (pl) concerti grossi (ˈɡrɒsɪ), concerto grossos
1.
a composition for an orchestra and a group of soloists, chiefly of the baroque period
Word Origin
Italian, literally: big concerto
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