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(music) the aspect of composition concerned with the writing of parts, esp counterpoint
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  • If one can get over the thinness of the part-writing, especially in the slow movements, there is much to enjoy in them.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • Themes, part-writing and harmony are closely bound up in one another, and harmony is not the least important.

    Purcell John F. Runciman
  • Harmony was virtually unknown in antiquity, and without a knowledge of part-writing no independent art of music is possible.

  • The part-writing is often exceedingly elaborate, but the most complicated concerted pieces flow on as naturally as a ballad.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • The form is concise and symmetrical, the part-writing is clear and well-balanced, and a "sunny sweetness" is the prevailing mood.

    Haydn J. Cuthbert Hadden

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