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Musical composition

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Definition of the noun musical composition

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  1. a musical work that has been created
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of musical composition: composition / opus / piece / piece of music
    • more generic word: music = an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
    • more specific terms:
      • morceau = a short literary or musical composition
      • sheet music = a musical composition in printed or written form
      • musical arrangement / arrangement = a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
      • realisation / realization = a musical composition that has been completed or enriched by someone other than the composer
      • intermezzo = a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera
      • allegro = a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner
      • allegretto = a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
      • andante = a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
      • introit = a composition of vocal music that is appropriate for opening church services
      • solo = a musical composition for one voice or instrument
      • duette / duet / duo = a musical composition for two performers
      • trio = a musical composition for three performers
      • quartette / quartet = a musical composition for four performers
      • quintette / quintet = a musical composition for five performers
      • sextette / sestet / sextet = a musical composition written for six performers
      • septette / septet = a musical composition written for seven performers
      • octette / octet = a musical composition written for eight performers
      • bagatelle = a light piece of music for piano
      • divertimento / serenade = a musical composition in several movements
      • canon = a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
      • etude = a short composition for a solo instrument
      • pastorale / pastoral / idyll / idyl = a musical composition that evokes rural life
      • toccata = a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style
      • fantasia = a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes
      • musical passage / passage = a short section of a musical composition
      • movement = a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata
      • largo = a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner
      • larghetto = a composition or passage played in a slow tempo slightly faster than largo but slower than adagio
      • suite = a musical composition of several movements only loosely connected
      • symphonic poem / tone poem = an orchestral composition based on literature or folk tales
      • potpourri / pastiche / medley = a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
      • nocturne / notturno = a pensive lyrical piece of music
      • adagio = a composition played in adagio tempo
      • vocal / song = a short musical composition with words
      • study = a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique
      • capriccio = an instrumental composition that doesn't adhere to rules for any specific musical form and is played with improvisation
      • motet = an unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service
      • programme music / program music = musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events
      • incidental music = music composed to accompany the action of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes
    • part: finale / coda = the closing section of a musical composition


"Musical composition" is a book by Ellis Kohs.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Musical composition

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Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

—chess Musical beats—rhythms Musical celebrity—pop star Musical composition— concerto, oratorio, serenade, opus, toccata Musical composition for a solo ...

Google previewUniversity Musical Encyclopedia: University dictionary of music and musicians (1910)

Musical composition or “Sound poem.” Tondichter. Ger. Composer or poet in sounds, often incorrectly called “tone poet.” Tone. Sound, possessing musical quality; full interval of two semitones; Gregorian chant; church MODE. Tonfalg e.

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

show, songful, symphonious, tonal musical accompaniment that is integral: obbligato musical afterthought: postlude musical aptitude: ear musical hell sound : chime musical break: rest musical closing: coda musical composition: anthem, ...

Google previewPocket Dictionary of Musical Terms

a musical composition, a sound-poem Tone, a musical sound of definite pitch. Tonfall (G.), a cadence. Tonfarbe (G.), tone-color, timbre. Tonfolge (G.), a succession of sounds, a melody. Tonfuhrung (G.), melodic and harmonic ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

хөгжмийн ~musical composition, зохиолын хулгай plagiarism ЗОХИОЛДЛОГО adaptation, modification ЗОХИОЛЧ author, writer, хөгжмийн ~composer ЗОХИОМЖ composition, structure, form ЗОХИОМЖЛОХ ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Musical Terms (1876)

by John Stainer

A musical composition. Tonschluss (Ger.) A cadence. Tonschlüssel (Ger.) [Key.] Tonschrift (Ger.) (1) Written music. (2) Musical notes or characters. Tons de la trompette (Fr.) Crooks used to alter the pitch of a trumpet. [Crook.] Tons de l'église ...

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