[kuh n-cher-toh; Italian kawn-cher-taw]
- a composition for one or more principal instruments, with orchestral accompaniment, now usually in symphonic form.
Origin of concerto
1720–30; < Italian, derivative of concertare; see concert (v.)
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Examples from the Web for concerti
Of concerti by the great Bach for a single solo violin only two are extant.Musical Criticisms
Boccherini composed six concerti specially for the violoncello.The Violoncello and Its History
Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
Two of his “Concerti Grossi,” the third and sixth, are sometimes played by string orchestras.Critical & Historical Essays
C18: from Italian: concert
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Word Origin and History for concerti
1730, from Italian concerto (see concert). Concerto grosso is from 1724.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A piece of instrumental music written for one or more soloists and an orchestra.
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