concerto grosso


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

concerto grosso:

see concertoconcerto
, musical composition usually for an orchestra and a soloist or a group of soloists. In the 16th cent. concertare and concertato implied an ensemble, either vocal or instrumental.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

Concerto Grosso

 

ensemble-orchestral music of the 17th and 18th centuries based on the juxtaposition of a group of solo instruments (the concertino) and the full orchestra or ensemble (ripieno, or tutto).

A type of concerto, the concerto grosso originated in Italy in the mid-17th century, almost simultaneously with the solo concerto. The concertino usually includes two violin parts, a cello, and a figured bass. This was also the instrumentation for the trio sonata, which was prevalent at the time. At first the number of movements varied from four to seven, but with time the three-movement concerto grosso—allegro-adagio-allegro—became standard. Wind instruments were sometimes used with the string instruments.

A. Corelli, G. Torelli, and A. Vivaldi are among the out-standing Italian composers of concerti grossi. In the 18th century the genre spread to other countries. In Germany, G. P. Telemann, J. S. Bach, and G. F. Handel wrote works that were similar in style to the concerto grosso. With the resurgence of interest in baroque music, some 20th-century composers, including M. Reger, E. Křenek, and I. F. Stravinsky, have turned to the concerto grosso form.

References in periodicals archive ?
Strings in the city: With the Orchestra of the Swan - free massed performance of Vaughan Williams' Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra.
This particular piece, his Concerto Grosso "Follia," is based on a tune that several heavy-hitting composers have taken a smack at over the centuries - Marin Marais and C.
El concerto grosso en el Ospedale de la Pieta es la celebracion de la musica, de su propio tiempo y de su automovimiento que se complace en el gozo del hacer en comunidad:
Marco Bizzarini speculates on a possible influence from Benedetto Marcello on Locatelli's thoughts, even if there was little similarity in their work; Cesare Fertonani analyses the six Introduzioni teatrali of 1735, a type of sinfonia blending the Neapolitan opera overture, the Roman concerto grosso and the Venetian concerto a 4.
It was also impeccably delivered, with punchy spring-in-the step rhythms for the various fugues and movements in dance forms - Purcell's 'King Arthur' suite and a Concerto Grosso by Corelli were typical examples - long drawn phrases from lightly-bowed, vibratofree (and what a difference that makes) strings, throaty baroque oboes, and a range of dynamics determined more by relevance and context, rather than contrasting with what had gone before.
Pero hay mas bandas en segundo nivel de candilejas, tambien con gran calidad, por ejemplo: vienen a brindar su primer Concerto Grosso a nivel mundial New Trolls, con la Orquesta de Baja California que dirigira su paisano Roberto Izzo, de Italia.
There was even time to celebrate Christmas with a rather breathless performance of Corelli's "Christmas" Concerto, his G minor Concerto Grosso.
30pm, also features Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, Corelli's Concerto Grosso Op.
The final offering of the first half was the familiar Opus 3 Concerto Grosso No.
The concerts feature two of Bach's Brandenburg concertos - his suite in B minor and a Concerto Grosso by Handel.
The concert will feature Correlli's Concerto Grosso, Op.