The other concerto grosso elements include the:
- Concertino – describes the small group of soloists; and
- Basso continuo – describes the bass line and harmony.
In a concerto grosso, the small group of soloists (concertino) are combined and contrasted with the ensemble (ripieno).
In this example you can see the smaller Concertino in front of the larger Ripieno.
A movement from a concerto grosso by Baroque composer Handel.