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The major elements of the concerto

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The meaning of the term, concerto, has changed at least three times in the history of music. What are the major elements of the concerto? Is there always a soloist? Is there a traditional musical form?

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The term Concerto

Oxford's Music Dictionary (n.d.) references this term, "often applied in the 17th century to ensemble music for voices and instruments; since then it has usually denoted a work in which a solo instrument (or instrumental group) contrasts with an orchestral ensemble...It was the ...

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The major elements of the concerto are noted.

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