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1. A piece composed for the development of a specific point of technique.
2. A composition featuring a point of technique but performed because of its artistic merit.
[French étude, from Old French estudie, study; see study.]
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étude(ˈeɪtjuːd; French etyd)
(Classical Music) a short musical composition for a solo instrument, esp one designed as an exercise or exploiting technical virtuosity
[C19: from French: study]
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é•tude(ˈeɪ tud, ˈeɪ tyud)
1. a musical composition that practices some point of technique, but is also played for its artistic merit.
[1830–40; < French; see study]
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A study, or exercise, to display technique.
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