Definition of concerto grosso in US English:

concerto grosso


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Ritornello form’ is a term used to describe the first and often the last movements of the Baroque concerto, especially the concerto grosso.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Boulez, on the other hand, makes more of the concerto grosso elements in the score.’
    • ‘I may have heard the concerti grossi, but maybe not.’
    • ‘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 sinfonia concertante arose in the latter half of the 1700s as the successor to the Baroque concerto grosso.’
    • ‘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.’


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


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