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n. pl. o·pe·ra (ō′pər-ə, ŏp′ər-ə) or o·pus·es
A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.
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n, pl opuses or opera (ˈɒpərə)Abbreviation: op.
1. an artistic composition, esp a musical work
2. (Classical Music) (often capital) (usually followed by a number) a musical composition by a particular composer, generally catalogued in order of publication: Beethoven's opus 61 is his violin concerto.
[C18: from Latin: a work; compare Sanskrit apas work]
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n., pl. o•pus•es or, esp. for 2, o•pe•ra (ˈoʊ pər ə, ˈɒp ər ə)
1. one of the compositions of a composer, usu. numbered according to the order of publication.
2. a literary work or composition, as a book.
[1695–1705; < Latin: work, labor, a work]
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Opusa musical composition; a collection of compositions, 1809.
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A Latin word meaning a work, used to mean a particular piece of music by a composer.
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|Noun||1.||opus - 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
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)
trio - a musical composition for three performers
bagatelle - a light piece of music for piano
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
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
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
medley, pastiche, potpourri - a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
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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noun work, piece, production, creation, composition, work of art, brainchild, oeuvre (French) Emerson, Lake and Palmer have recorded their latest opus in Dolby Surround.
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opus[ˈəʊpəs] N (opuses or opera (pl)) (Mus) → opus m
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opus[ˈəʊpəs] [opera] [ˈəʊpərə] (pl) n (= work) → opus m
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n pl <opera> (Mus) → Opus nt
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opus[ˈəʊpəs] n (opuses or opera (pl)) [ˈɒp/ərə] (Mus) → opera
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