Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (music) An early Baroque genre or style of music in which groups of instruments or voices share a melody, usually in alternation, and almost always over a basso continuo.
2008 June 16, Anthony Tommasini, “Can We Talk? Lively Musical Conversations, With a Contemporary Slant”, in New York Times:
- Every piece chosen explored the concept of concertato, the musical equivalent of a conversation in a lively, eclectic social setting: a boisterous pub, perhaps, as the program note suggested.