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12-tone music

  • noun a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)
    12-tone music; 12-tone system; twelve-tone system.
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african-american music

  • noun music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
    African-American music.
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bachelor of music

  • noun a bachelor's degree in music
    BMus.
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ballroom music

  • noun a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
    ballroom music; dance music.
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black music

  • noun music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
    African-American music.
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Chamber music

  • noun serious music performed by a small group of musicians
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  • vocal or instrumental music adapted to performance in a chamber or small apartment or audience room, instead of a theater, concert hall, or chuch.
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chin music

  • noun idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
    prattle; prate; blether; idle talk.
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church music

  • noun genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
    church music.
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classical music

  • noun traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
    classical music; classical.
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concerted music

  • noun music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments
    concerted music; polyphony.
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country music

  • noun a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments
    C and W; country and western.
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dance music

  • noun a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
    ballroom music; dance music.
  • noun music to dance to
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danceroom music

  • noun a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
    ballroom music; dance music.
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department of music

  • noun the academic department responsible for teaching music and music appreciation
    department of music.
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disco music

  • noun popular dance music (especially in the late 1970s); melodic with a regular bass beat; intended mainly for dancing at discotheques
    disco.
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doctor of music

  • noun a doctor's degree in music
    DMus; MusD.
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ethnic music

  • noun the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
    ethnic music; folk.
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face the music

  • verb accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
    carry-the can.
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folk music

  • noun the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
    ethnic music; folk.
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heavy metal music

  • noun loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
    heavy metal.
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hillbilly music

  • noun country music originating in mountainous regions of southern United States
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incidental music

  • noun music composed to accompany the action of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes
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instrumental music

  • noun music intended to be performed by a musical instrument or group of instruments
  • noun music produced by playing a musical instrument
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Magic music

  • a game in which a person is guided in finding a hidden article, or in doing a specific art required, by music which is made more loud or rapid as he approaches success, and slower as he recedes. Tennyson. like hot and cold
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marching music

  • noun genre of music written for marching
    march.
    • Sousa wrote the best marches
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martial music

  • noun brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
    martial music; military march.
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military music

  • noun brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
    martial music; military march.
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monophonic music

  • noun music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)
    monophony; monody.
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Music box

  • noun produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like metal plate
    musical box.
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  • . See Musical box, under Musical.
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music critic

  • noun a critic of musical performances
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music department

  • noun the academic department responsible for teaching music and music appreciation
    department of music.
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music director

  • noun the person who leads a musical group
    director; conductor.
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music genre

  • noun an expressive style of music
    genre; musical style; musical genre.
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Music hall

  • noun a theater in which vaudeville is staged
    vaudeville theater; vaudeville theatre.
  • noun a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
    vaudeville.
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  • a place for public musical entertainments.
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music lesson

  • noun a lesson in performing music
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Music loft

  • a gallery for musicians, as in a dancing room or a church.
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music lover

  • noun someone who attends concerts
    concert-goer.
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Music of the spheres

  • noun an inaudible music that Pythagoras thought was produced by the celestial
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  • the harmony supposed to be produced by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.
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Music paper

  • noun paper with lines appropriate for writing music
    score paper.
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  • paper ruled with the musical staff, for the use of composers and copyists.
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Music pen

  • a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of the musical staff.
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music rack

  • noun a light stand for holding sheets of printed music
    music rack.
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music school

  • noun a school for the study of music
    music school.
  • noun a school specializing in music
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Music shell

  • (Zoöl.), a handsomely colored marine gastropod shell (Voluta musica) found in the East Indies; so called because the color markings often resemble printed music. Sometimes applied to other shells similarly marked.
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music stand

  • noun a light stand for holding sheets of printed music
    music rack.
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music stool

  • noun a stool for piano players; usually adjustable in height
    piano stool.
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music teacher

  • noun someone who teaches music
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part music

  • noun vocal music for several voices in independent parts (usually performed without accompaniment)
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Passion music

  • (Mus.), originally, music set to the gospel narrative of the passion of our Lord; after the Reformation, a kind of oratorio, with narrative, chorals, airs, and choruses, having for its theme the passion and crucifixion of Christ.
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piano music

  • noun sheet music to be played on a piano
  • noun the sound of music produced by a piano
    • he thought he heard piano music next door
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piece of music

  • noun a musical work that has been created
    opus; musical composition; piece; composition.
    • the composition is written in four movements
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polyphonic music

  • noun music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments
    concerted music; polyphony.
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pop music

  • noun music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock'n'roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love
    pop.
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  • noun any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
    popular music.
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  • noun any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
    popular music.
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program music

  • noun musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events
    program music.
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Programme music

  • noun musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events
    program music.
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  • (Mus.), descriptive instrumental music which requires an argument or programme to explain the meaning of its several movements.
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rap music

  • noun genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
    hip-hop; rap.
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religious music

  • noun genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
    church music.
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rock music

  • noun a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
    rock 'n' roll; rock and roll; rock-and-roll; rock; rock'n'roll.
    • rock is a generic term for the range of styles that evolved out of rock'n'roll.
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school of music

  • noun a school for the study of music
    music school.
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Secular music

  • any music or songs not adapted to sacred uses.
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serial music

  • noun 20th century music that uses a definite order of notes as a thematic basis for a musical composition
    serialism.
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serious music

  • noun traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
    classical music; classical.
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set to music

  • verb write (music) for (a text)
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sheet music

  • noun a musical composition in printed or written form
    • she turned the pages of the music as he played
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square-dance music

  • noun music performed for square dancing
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swing music

  • noun a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
    jive; swing.
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symphonic music

  • noun a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
    symphony.
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To face the music

  • to meet any disagreeable necessity without flinching. Colloq. or Slang
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twelve-tone music

  • noun a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)
    12-tone music; 12-tone system; twelve-tone system.
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Vocal music

  • noun music intended to be performed by one or more singers, usually with instrumental accompaniment
    vocal.
  • noun music that is vocalized (as contrasted with instrumental music)
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  • music made by the voice, in distinction from instrumental music; hence, music or tunes set to words, to be performed by the human voice.
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