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concerto grosso

[kuh n-cher-toh groh-soh; Italian kawn-cher-taw graws-saw]
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noun, plural con·cer·ti gros·si [kuh n-cher-tee groh-see; Italian kawn-cher-tee graws-see] /kənˈtʃɛr ti ˈgroʊ si; Italian kɔnˈtʃɛr ti ˈgrɔs si/, con·cer·to gros·sos.
  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.
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Origin of concerto grosso

1715–25; < Italian: literally, big concert; see gross
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concerto grosso

noun plural concerti grossi (ˈɡrɒsɪ) or concerto grossos
  1. a composition for an orchestra and a group of soloists, chiefly of the baroque period
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Word Origin

Italian, literally: big concerto
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