Concerto grosso

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A concerto grosso is an important form of music which developed throughout the Baroque period. It has 3 main elements:

In a concerto grosso, the small group of soloists (concertino) are combined and contrasted with the ensemble (ripieno).


BBC Bitesize website Information and highlighted examples of a Concerto Grosso.

This example shows a graphic score which makes it possible to follow the different musical lines and identify the differences between each of the component Concerto grosso parts.

Another example of a Concerto Grosso by Arcangelo Corelli.

A live performance of a Concerto Grosso.

An example of a Concerto grosso RV565 by Vivaldi.

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