Definition of concerto grosso in English:

concerto grosso


  • A musical composition for a group of solo instruments accompanied by an orchestra. The term is used mainly of baroque works.

    • ‘Scored for sixteen players, the work offers a Carterian reinterpretation of the form of the concerto grosso.’
    • ‘Bridging the Italian concerto grosso style and the sonata form recently developed by Hadyn and J.C. Bach, they do Tyneside proud indeed.’
    • ‘‘Ritornello form’ is a term used to describe the first and often the last movements of the Baroque concerto, especially the concerto grosso.’
    • ‘This has the interesting effect of highlighting the concerto grosso aspects of the works, giving us an illuminating idea of the origins of the form.’
    • ‘The final work is one of Handel's masterpieces, his concerto grosso in D major, Op. 6 no 5., a work with solo parts for two violins and cello.’
    • ‘Handel wrote in every contemporary genre, also creating the organ concerto to display his own virtuosity in the intervals of oratorio performances and publishing two fine sets of concerti grossi.’
    • ‘Boulez, on the other hand, makes more of the concerto grosso elements in the score.’
    • ‘The sinfonia concertante arose in the latter half of the 1700s as the successor to the Baroque concerto grosso.’
    • ‘Corelli's famous and affecting concerto grosso Op6 no 8, his ‘Concerto di Natale’ will be included in an attractive programme of music from the late Baroque and early Classical era.’
    • ‘I may have heard the concerti grossi, but maybe not.’


Early 18th century: Italian, literally ‘big concerto’.


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