musical composition


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Noun1.musical composition - a musical work that has been createdmusical composition - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
morceau - a short literary or musical composition
sheet music - a musical composition in printed or written form; "she turned the pages of the music as he played"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
musical arrangement, arrangement - a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
realisation, realization - a musical composition that has been completed or enriched by someone other than the composer
coda, finale - the closing section of a musical composition
intermezzo - a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera
allegro - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner
allegretto - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
andante - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
introit - a composition of vocal music that is appropriate for opening church services
solo - a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)
duette, duo, duet - a musical composition for two performers
trio - a musical composition for three performers
quartette, quartet - a musical composition for four performers
quintet, quintette - a musical composition for five performers
sextet, sextette, sestet - a musical composition written for six performers
septette, septet - a musical composition written for seven performers
octette, octet - a musical composition written for eight performers
bagatelle - a light piece of music for piano
divertimento, serenade - a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form
canon - a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
etude - a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity
idyl, pastoral, pastorale, idyll - a musical composition that evokes rural life
toccata - a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style
fantasia - a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
movement - a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; "the second movement is slow and melodic"
largo - (music) a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner
larghetto - (music) a composition or passage played in a slow tempo slightly faster than largo but slower than adagio
suite - a musical composition of several movements only loosely connected
symphonic poem, tone poem - an orchestral composition based on literature or folk tales
medley, pastiche, potpourri - a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
nocturne, notturno - a pensive lyrical piece of music (especially for the piano)
adagio - (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully); "they played the adagio too quickly"
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
study - a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique; "a study in spiccato bowing"
capriccio - an instrumental composition that doesn't adhere to rules for any specific musical form and is played with improvisation
motet - an unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service; originated in the 13th century
program music, programme music - musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events
incidental music - music composed to accompany the action of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes
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It would even be possible to consider all 'Zarathustra' as a musical composition.
Which American awards are given annually in the fields of drama, musical composition, journalism and literature?
Lunenburg artist Kate Chadbourne will perform "Vespers,'' her new musical composition created for a Louise Gluck poem from the poet's book "Wild Iris.
TWINKLE twinkle little star has nothing on a musical composition created by boffins at the University of Birmingham.
1221(b)(3), however, taxpayers who own a musical composition or copyright in a musical work created by the taxpayer (or transferred to the taxpayer by the work's creator in a transferred basis transaction) can elect to have gain or loss from the sale or exchange of the musical composition or copyright treated as capital gain or loss.
A NEW musical composition is to mark the end of a year of celebrations for a Welsh saint.
Musician and composer Stephen Grieco, dean of arts and humanities at Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Community College, will premiere his newest musical composition, "Images of My Father" at the New Hanover Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville, Penn.
He has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, Harvard and Michigan, and since 1991, he has been at Columbia University, where he is Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition.
Journal of Research in Music Performance (which has its own submission guidelines), first issue includes one article about research in applied studio instruction, and the Performance area includes audio and a score (PDF) of a musical composition (Point and Line lo Plane).
Musical composition is a key discipline in music programs in conservatories, colleges, and universities.
In the decade following the excavation Port Essington became the subject of an ABC television drama, paintings by Russell Drysdale and a musical composition by Peter Sculthorpe.
Together they have worked to create a new musical composition constructed entirely from sound recordings from Crosby beach - the site of Gormley's Another Place installation.