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broken consort

a musical ensemble with instruments of different types or families, as string and woodwind, especially for Renaissance music.
Also called broken music. Unabridged
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  • But broken music boxes may drink whatsoever they list, and no one cares whether they lose their figure.

  • And this, with the lights and shadows, and broken music of the outside walks, is all that I saw of evening at the Exposition.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • Because I'd rather skip twenty years to the music of my little brain than skip a minute to the broken music you make.

    Tales from Tennyson Molly K. Bellew
  • But she understood nothing of the broken music which a master of verse will turn to such high service.

    Home Again George MacDonald
  • At first she spoke English in 'broken music,' but soon her accent became as perfect as if she had been native born.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • The broken music ceased suddenly, and a different kind of sound succeeded.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for broken music

broken consort

See consort (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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