Chamber-music

chamber music

noun
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:
1780–90

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chamber music
 
n
music for performance by a small group of instrumentalists

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chamber music
1789, from chamber + music. Music to be performed in private rooms instead of public halls.
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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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