Music is a form of art that combines vocal or instrumental sounds to create a composition.
An example of music is rock and roll.
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Origin: ME musike < OFr musique < L musica < Gr mousikē (technē), musical (art), orig. an art of the Muses < mousa, Muse
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Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French musique
Origin: , from Latin mūsica
Origin: , from Greek mousikē (tekhnē), (art) of the Muses
Origin: , feminine of mousikos, of the Muses
Origin: , from Mousa, Muse; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
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the theory that accent within a musical phrase can also be expressed by modifying the duration of certain notes rather than only by modifying dynamic stress. —agogic, adj.
1. the composition of music without a definite key; dodecaphony.
2. the music so written. Also atonality. —atonalist, n. — atonal, atonalistic, adj.
1. the techniques of choral singing.
2. the composition of music for chorus illustrative of a cognizance of choral techniques and the possibilities and limitations of choral singing. —choralistic, adj.
the use of the chromatic scale or chromatic halftones in musical compositions. Cf. diatonicism.
a performer on an ancient Greek form of lyre called a cithara.
1. a composer of music employing counterpoint figures, as fugues.
2. a performer of music employing counterpoint figures. Also contrapuntalist.
the use of the diatonic scale of five whole tones and two halftones in the composition of music. Also diatonism. Cf. chromaticism.
the composition of music employing the twelvetone scale. Also called dodecatonality, atonality. —dodecaphonist, n. —dodecaphonic, adj.
a short hymn expressing praise to God. —doxological, adj.
1. the study of the music of a particular region or people from the viewpoint of its social or cultural implications.
2. the comparative study of the music of more than one such region or people. —ethnomusicologist, n.
1. the composition of fugues.
2. the performance of fugues. —fuguist, n.
a performer on the viola da gamba.
Obsolete, a person versed in Gregorian chant. Also called Gregorian.
a person skilled in the principles of harmony. See also literature
1. music in which one voice carries the melody, sometimes with a ehord accompaniment.
2. Obsolete, unison. Also called monody, monophony. —homophonous, adj.
1. the singing of hymns; hymnology.
2. the composition of hymns.
3. a study of hymns and their composers.
4. the preparation of expository material and bibliographies concerning hymns; hymnography. —hymnodist, n.
the act or art of playing the lyre. —lyrist, n.
the branch of music theory that deals with melody.
a person who composes or sings melodies.
the writing of romantic, sensational stage plays interspersed with songs and orchestral music. —melodramatist, n. —melodramatic, adj.
an abnormal liking for music and melody. —melomaniac, n., adj. —melomane, n.
an instrument for marking time in music, producing regular ticking sounds at a variety of settings. —metronomic, metronomical, adj.
1. the art of minstrels.
2. their occupation.
3. a group of minstrels.
4. a collection of their music and songs.
1. music composed of a single melody with no accompaniment or harmony. Cf. homophony, polyphony.
2. monody. —monophonic, adj.
the science of musical notation.
the scholarly and scientific study of music, as in historical research, theory of composition, etc. —musicologist, n. —musicological, adj.
a mania for music.
a music lover.
an intense dislike of music.
a juke-box, record-player, or player piano operated by the insertion of a nickel or other coin. See also films.
a performer on the ophicleide, an instrument, developed from the wooden serpent in the brass section of the orchestra.
1. the composition of music using all seven notes of the diatonic scale in a manner free from classical harmonie restrictions.
2. the music written in this style. —pandiatonic, adj.
the technique of playing the piano. —pianist, n. —pianistic, adj.
a humorous performance at the piano, sometimes with a verbal accompaniment by the performer.
the combination of a number of separate but harmonizing melodies, as in a fugue. Cf. homophony. — polyphonic, polyphonous, adj.
the practice of using combinations of notes from two or more keys in writing musical compositions. Also polytonality. — polytonalist, n. —polytonal, adj.
1. the art, practice, or act of singing psalms in worship services.
2. a collection of psalms. —psalmodist, n. —psalmodial, psalmodie, psalmodical, adj.
any series of four related works, literary, dramatic, operatic, etc.
song, musical composition, or literary work created to honor or commemorate the dead; a funeral song. —threnodist, n. —threnodic, adj.
a composer who pays special attention to the tonal qualities of music. See also art.
the artistic use of commonplace, everyday, and contemporary material in opera, especially some 20th-century Italian and French works, as Louise. —verist, n., adj. —veristic, adj.
1. the musical theory and practice of Richard Wagner, characterized by coordination of all musical and dramatic components, use of the leitmotif, and departure from the conventions of earlier Italian opera.
2. influence or imitation of Wagner’s style. —Wagnerian, n., adj.
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