Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
that form of music in a culture, as European classical music, having an established theoretical basis handed down by rote or through notation, a traditional repertoire, and a high standard of performance, usually by professional musicians
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Music composed in a classical tradition and intended as serious art, especially as distinguished from popular or folk music.