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chamber music

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
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Since then the Society has given three hundred and fifty performances of chamber-music or orchestral works.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • The idea of starting a series of matines of chamber-music occurred to me.

  • In solo pieces, and occasional passages in chamber-music, this rhythm may be given one bow-stroke to each note.

    Chats to 'Cello Students Arthur Broadley
  • It was, however, an every-day matter especially in chamber-music.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
  • One even finds in this work certain pieces written in the chamber-music style, or in the theatrical manner.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • chamber-music did not quite satisfy him, and he had founded this band, which numbered forty-five musicians.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • After this he gave himself up to oratorio, symphony, and chamber-music.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • chamber-music—The instrumentation of solo combinations is one of the largest and most detailed subjects in the art of music.

  • Why should the general public appreciate a Bach fugue, an intricate symphony or a piece of chamber-music?

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • But an organization of chamber-music players would be lost in either place.

British Dictionary definitions for chamber-music

chamber music

music for performance by a small group of instrumentalists
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chamber-music in Culture

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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