Music- The concerto

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  • The Concerto
    • Work for solo instrument accompanied by orchestra
    • Normally in three movements (fast-slow-fast)
    • Dates: Late 17th century-present day
    • West Europe and America
    • Main composers: Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart
    • Main types of pieces: Piano concerto (classical period), violin concerto (all periods)
    • Examples: Oboe concerto in A minor by Vivaldi
    • Key features
      • Alternations between solo sections and tutti sections
      • A cadenza- an unaccompanied passage for the soloist, which usually comes at the end of the first movement
      • Virtuosic playing, with rapid scales and arpeggios, extreme registers, large leaps and ornamentation
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