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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
1780-1790
1780-90
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chamber music

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