Origin of sestet
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The octet was finished and the first two lines of the sestet.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches
One of these must be in the octave and the other in the sestet.The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces
The more important chamber compositions include a sestet for piano and strings, a trio, and a sonata for violincello and piano.A Short History of English Music
It is divided into two parts: the first consisting of an octave or double quatrain, and the other of a sestet.
The rhymes of the first two quatrains are usually the same; those of the sestet are variously arranged.
- prosody the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet
- prosody any six-line stanza
- another word for sextet (def. 1)
C19: from Italian sestetto, from sesto sixth, from Latin sextus, from sex six
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Word Origin and History for sestet
1801, from Italian sestetto, diminutive of sesto "sixth," from Latin sextus (see Sextus).
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