musical genre

Definitions of musical genre
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n an expressive style of music

Synonyms:
genre, music genre, musical style
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Hallel
(Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
Hare Krishna
a chant to the Hindu god Krishna
Dies Irae
the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')
Internationale
a revolutionary socialist anthem
Te Deum
an ancient liturgical hymn
Messiah
an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
Magnificat
(Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
Types:
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African-American music, black music
music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
classical, classical music, serious music
traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
church music, religious music
genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
march, marching music
genre of music written for marching
popular music, popular music genre
any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
chamber music
serious music performed by a small group of musicians
opera
a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
antiphon, antiphony
a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
Mass
a musical setting for a Mass
processional, prosodion
religious music used in a procession
antiphonal, antiphonary
bound collection of antiphons
religious song
religious music for singing
cantata, oratorio
a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
concerto
a composition for orchestra and a soloist
fugue
a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
rondeau, rondo
a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata
sonata
a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
blues
a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
martial music, military march, military music
brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
processional march, recessional march
a march to be played for processions
disco, disco music
popular dance music (especially in the late 1970s); melodic with a regular bass beat; intended mainly for dancing at discotheques
macumba
popular dance music of Brazil; derived from the practices of the macumba religious cult
pop, pop music
music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock'n'roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love
ethnic music, folk, folk music
the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
ballroom music, dance music, danceroom music
a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
soul
a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s
jazz
a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
hip-hop, rap, rap music
genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
R and B, rhythm and blues
a combination of blues and jazz that was developed in the United States by Black musicians; an important precursor of rock 'n' roll
rockabilly
a fusion of black music and country music that was popular in the 1950s; sometimes described as blues with a country beat
rock, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll
a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
reggae
popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar
skiffle
a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
Type of:
music
an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
expressive style, style
a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

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