concerto grosso

[kuh n-cher-toh groh-soh; Italian kawn-cher-taw graws-saw]

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.

a musical form, common in the Baroque period, in which contrasting sections are played by full orchestra and by a small group of soloists.

Nearby words

  1. concertino,
  2. concertize,
  3. concertmaster,
  4. concertmistress,
  5. concerto,
  6. concertstück,
  7. concession,
  8. concession road,
  9. concessionaire,
  10. concessionary

Origin of concerto grosso

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

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British Dictionary definitions for concerto grosso

concerto grosso

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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