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art music

music in the classical tradition, as opposed to popular or folk music.
Origin of art music
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The vocal solo had no place in their system and hence it never appears in the art music of their time.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera

    William James Henderson
  • The art music of the time was polyphonic, that is, constructed by so interweaving melodies that harmonies resulted.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • Politics and religion—finance and agriculture—science and art—music and history, were all largely discussed.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for art music

art music

music written by a composer rather than passed on by oral tradition Compare folk music
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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