serious music

Definitions of serious music
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n traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste

Synonyms:
classical, classical music
Examples:
Messiah
an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
Types:
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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
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
bouffe, comic opera, opera bouffe, opera comique
opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken
grand opera
opera in which all the text is sung
musical drama
opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are equally important; the music is appropriate to the action
concerto grosso
a baroque composition for orchestra and a group of solo instruments
piano sonata
a sonata for piano
sonatina
a short and simple sonata
symphonic music, symphony
a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
Type of:
genre, music genre, musical genre, musical style
an expressive style of music

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