Classical Concerto: Definition & Form


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What musicians are needed in order to perform a classical concerto?

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1. How many movements does a typical classical concerto have?

2. How is the sonata form in the first movement of a concerto different than a regular sonata form?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these learning tools to understand the movements, form, instruments, and musical qualities of classical and modern concertos.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Musicians needed to perform a classical concerto
  • Movements of a typical classical concerto
  • Definition of cadenza
  • Characteristics of modern concertos

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as concerto and cadenza
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about music composition to answer questions about concertos
  • Distinguishing differences - identify the key difference between a regular sonata form and the sonata form in the first movement of a concerto

Additional Learning

To learn more about this form of music, watch the accompanying lesson titled Classical Concerto: Definition & Form. The lesson meets the following learning objectives:

  • Define concerto form
  • Understand the role of the soloist in a classical concerto
  • Learn which instruments are typically used in a concerto
  • Understand classical composition terms such as cadenza, ternary form, and rondo form
  • Assess how modern concertos utilize different instruments and movements compared to traditional concertos