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1. A combination of nine instruments or voices.
2. A composition written for such a combination.

[Italian nonetto, from diminutive of nono, ninth, from Latin nōnus; see nones.]


1. (Classical Music) a piece of music composed for a group of nine instruments
2. (Classical Music) an instrumental group of nine players
[C19: from Italian nonetto, from nono ninth, from Latin nōnus]



1. a group of nine voices or instruments.
2. a composition for a nonet.
[1860–65; < Italian nonetto]
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Chamber Music with Strings; Chamber Music without Strings: Duets through nonets other than one instrument with keyboard.
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People play music in duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.
He is the author of sixteen operas, fifteen ballets, around thirty concertante works, and almost a hundred chamber works all the way from duets to nonets.