concerto grosso

[ kuhn-cher-toh -groh-soh; Italian kawn-cher-taw -graws-saw ]
/ kənˈtʃɛr toʊ ˈgroʊ soʊ; Italian kɔnˈtʃɛr tɔ ˈgrɔs sɔ /

noun, plural con·cer·ti gros·si [kuhn-cher-tee -groh-see; Italian kawn-cher-tee -graws-see], /kənˈtʃɛr ti ˈgroʊ si; Italian kɔnˈtʃɛr ti ˈgrɔs si/, con·cer·to gros·sos.

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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British Dictionary definitions for concerto grosso

concerto grosso
/ (ˈɡrɒsəʊ) /

noun plural concerti grossi (ˈɡrɒsɪ) or concerto grossos

a composition for an orchestra and a group of soloists, chiefly of the baroque period

Word Origin for concerto grosso

Italian, literally: big concerto
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