concerto grosso

concerto grosso

[kuhn-cher-toh groh-soh; Italian kawn-cher-taw graws-saw]
noun, plural concerti grossi [kuhn-cher-tee groh-see; Italian kawn-cher-tee graws-see] , concerto grossos.
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:
1715–25; < Italian: literally, big concert; see gross

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concerto grosso (ˈɡrɒsəʊ)
 
n , pl concerti grossi, concerto grossos
a composition for an orchestra and a group of soloists, chiefly of the baroque period
 
[Italian, literally: big concerto]

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