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  • Baroque: Topic Page
    In the visual arts, architecture, and music, a style characterized by expressive, flamboyant, and dynamic design. MORE
  • Chamber Music: Topic Page
    Music intended for performance in a small room or chamber, rather than in the concert hall, and usually written for instrumental combinations, played with one instrument to a part, as in the string quartet. MORE
  • Concerto: Topic Page
    Musical composition usually for an orchestra and a soloist or a group of soloists. MORE
  • Fugue: Topic Page
    [Ital.,=flight], in music, a form of composition in which the basic principle is imitative counterpoint of several voices. MORE
  • Oratorio: Topic Page
    Musical composition employing chorus, orchestra, and soloists and usually, but not necessarily, a setting of a sacred libretto without stage action or scenery. MORE
  • Orchestra: Topic Page
    Large group of musicians playing together on different instruments. In Western music, an orchestra is usually based on the bowed, stringed instruments of the violin family, to which is usually added the woodwind, brass, and percussion sections. MORE
  • Pastoral: Topic Page
    In music, the pastorale is a piece imitating the simple music of shepherds. "He Shall Feed His Flock" from Handel's Messiah and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony are superb examples of the pastorale. MORE
  • Programme Music: Topic Page
    Instrumental music that interprets a story, depicts a scene or painting, or illustrates a literary or philosophical idea. MORE
  • Sonata: Topic Page
    In music, type of instrumental composition that arose in Italy in the 17th cent. MORE
  • Symphony: Topic Page
    [Gr.,=sounding together], a sonata for orchestra. MORE




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