art music

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  1. music in the classical tradition, as opposed to popular or folk music.

Origin of art music

First recorded in 1790–1800

Words Nearby art music Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use art music in a sentence

  • It has been, and still is, one of the most potent influences in the art-music of the world.

  • Politics and religion—finance and agriculture—science and art—music and history, were all largely discussed.

    The White Rose of Memphis | William C. Falkner
  • 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
  • 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
  • Old Job Senior was not a vegetarian; he went in for a higher art—music.

    Adventures and Recollections | Bill o'th' Hoylus End

British Dictionary definitions for art music

art music

  1. music written by a composer rather than passed on by oral tradition: Compare folk music

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