Concerto / Baroque music

A concerto is a musical composition, often in more than one movement, in which one or more solo instruments play along an orchestra (or some other comparatively big instrumental force). The etimology of the word suggests that the soloist(s) and the ensemble develop the piece by presenting contrasting episodes where they play independently, in cooperation, and in different levels of subordination. The concerto, as understood today, arose in the Baroque era with the 'concerto grosso', a musical form where a small group of players contrasted against a bigger orchestra. While the concerto grosso eventually declined, the solo concerto remains one of the most popular musical forms in Western classical music. Having successfully survived through many the periods of Western classical music history, the Concerto underwent many formal changes. It is conventional, if only as a basic definition, to say that the concerto is usually a multi movement work, of which the first movement is roughly structured around the allegro-sonata form (even if Mozart himself treated his concertos with notable freedom in terms of formal development). The second movement of a concerto, as in the sonata/symphonic tradition, is usually slow and contrasts with the first one. It can be in an abridged sonata form, a romance, a set of theme and variations, etc. The third movement will traditionally return to the home key in lively tempo, usually in the form of a dance, rondo, etc.
TitleComposerInstrumentPeriodRatings
The Four Seasons, Op. 8 Antonio Vivaldi String Orchestra Baroque
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, 'L'inverno' (Winter) Antonio Vivaldi String Orchestra Baroque
Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531 Antonio Vivaldi Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 in F major, BWV. 1046 Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque
Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, RV 522 Antonio Vivaldi Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
12 Concertos à cinque, Op. 9 Tomaso Albinoni Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 Arcangelo Corelli String Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049 Johann Sebastian Bach Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Concerto for 2 Flutes in C major, RV 533 Antonio Vivaldi Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, BWV 1048 Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque
Harpsichord Concerto no. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano and orchestra Baroque
Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV 537 Antonio Vivaldi Trumpet Baroque
12 Concertos à cinque, Op.7 Tomaso Albinoni Chamber group Baroque
L'estro armonico, Op. 3 Antonio Vivaldi Orchestra Baroque
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in Cm, BWV. 1060R Johann Sebastian Bach Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Concerto for 2 oboes in F major, Op. 9 no. 3 Tomaso Albinoni Chamber group Baroque
Harpsichord Concerto no. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano and orchestra Baroque
A. Scarlatti - Concerto Grosso Antonio Vivaldi Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV 1050 Johann Sebastian Bach Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque