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chamber music

music suited for performance in a room or a small concert hall, especially for two or more, but usually fewer than ten, solo instruments.
Origin of chamber music
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In chamber music, Marguerite Melville has produced some worthy works.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • It is her chamber music, however, that is responsible for her greatest triumphs.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • His one volume of verse, chamber music, was published in this country in 1918.

  • Last year, 1843, he was studying and perfecting himself in chamber music.

  • They are chamber music, and never were intended to be played in a large room.

    Purcell John F. Runciman
  • Is there a lover of chamber music unfamiliar with Franz Kneisel's name?

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • But he wrote two pieces of chamber music which have never been excelled—a 'cello sonata and a trio.

  • Deprived of opera, the Romans devoted themselves to oratorio—which in musical style was much the same thing—and to chamber music.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • He was also very productive in the sphere of chamber music, and composed also for the stage.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
British Dictionary definitions for chamber music

chamber music

music for performance by a small group of instrumentalists
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chamber music definition

Music for two or more instruments in which only one musician plays each part. Chamber music is distinguished from music for orchestra, in which, for example, more than a dozen violinists may be playing the same notes. The most familiar kind of chamber music is the string quartet.

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