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chamber music

noun
1.
music suited for performance in a room or a small concert hall, especially for two or more, but usually fewer than ten, solo instruments.
Origin of chamber music
1780-1790
1780-90
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  • In chamber music, Marguerite Melville has produced some worthy works.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • It is her chamber music, however, that is responsible for her greatest triumphs.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • That orchestral music does not admit of such frequent changes of time as chamber music, is, of course, an understood fact.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • His one volume of verse, chamber music, was published in this country in 1918.

  • They are chamber music, and never were intended to be played in a large room.

    Purcell John F. Runciman
  • Last year, 1843, he was studying and perfecting himself in chamber music.

  • Vakoula is not in true opera style, but is far more like symphonic or chamber music.

  • Is there a lover of chamber music unfamiliar with Franz Kneisel's name?

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • chamber music known to the modern concert room dates from the first quartet of Haydn, written in 1755.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
British Dictionary definitions for chamber music

chamber music

noun
1.
music for performance by a small group of instrumentalists
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chamber music definition


Music for two or more instruments in which only one musician plays each part. Chamber music is distinguished from music for orchestra, in which, for example, more than a dozen violinists may be playing the same notes. The most familiar kind of chamber music is the string quartet.

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