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date: 22 October 2019

Concerto grossolocked

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Generally, a type of concerto in which a large group (known as the ‘ripieno’ or the ‘concerto grosso’) alternates with a smaller group (the ‘concertino’). The most common solo group, used in the archetypal concerti grossi of Corelli’s op.6, is two violins and cello, a combination also used by Handel; Bach preferred a more varied selection of instruments in his Brandenburg Concertos, only some of which are strictly concerti grossi. The term ‘concerto grosso’ is often loosely applied to any concertos of the Baroque period except solo ones; the term ‘orchestral concerto’ is, however, more appropriate to those concertos without a solo group....

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