art song

noun

Definition of art song 

: a usually through-composed song for solo voice and accompaniment — compare folk song

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Retiring artistic director Anne Tomlinson makes her last local appearance leading the ensemble; program includes works by Bernstein, Vivaldi, et al., plus art songs and folk music from Norway. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in SoCal classical music: California Symphony, Pacific Opera Project and more," 22 June 2018 The ten-person cast sings well to the accompaniment of an offstage chamber quartet, and Doyle's music evokes Gilded Age Chicago with waltzes and ragtime pieces as well as delicate art songs in the manner of Ned Rorem and Samuel Barber. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "There's no devil in Burnham's Dream: The White City, only music," 14 June 2018 Opera Philadelphia had already turned its plans for Poulenc’s La voix humaine into a larger project, augmenting the 40-minute work for a single singer with a dramatic prologue that includes French cabaret and art songs. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Opera Philadelphia adds a new dimension to 018 festival - an indie film to expand on an opera," 4 June 2018 The addition of tenor Dominic Armstrong (another Curtis alumnus) allowed the program to dip into Bernstein’s vast catalog of art songs, arias and show tunes. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Copland and Bernstein arrangements impressive at Athenaeum," 12 Mar. 2018 Before the opera, the performers will sing a prelude of art songs about nature in five languages. Nancy Shohet West, BostonGlobe.com, "Remembering the Gardner heist," 10 Mar. 2018 Areyzaga brings substantial experience as an orchestral soloist to the March 16 concert, while also known as a talented interpreter of vocal art song and chamber music. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Symphony offers Tchaikovsky, Mozart, tango rhythms," 28 Feb. 2018 The connoisseurs’ genre of art song singing will never lack a forum in the city’s musical life as long as the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago is there to affirm its importance and promote its growth. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Skilled artists of song honor Schubert's bow to ancient Greek myths," 7 Sep. 2017

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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