chamber music


: music and especially instrumental ensemble music intended for performance in a private room or small auditorium and usually having one performer for each part

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Billed as chamber music with a twist, this show includes over 50 musicians from the Anchorage Symphony performing works by Strauss and Dvorak among others. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022 The Schoeck œuvre is capacious: five large-scale operas, a fair quantity of concertos and chamber music, assorted choral pieces, and, most impressively, hundreds of songs. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 2022 Yet, for all that, Williams has not attracted much attention, until very recently, for being part of the classical orchestral tradition — namely for his many concertos and other orchestral and chamber music pieces. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2022 The candle-lighting will be held inside the chapel, where violinist Eve Boltax, violist Brian Clague, and cellist Robert Bethel will perform live chamber music alongside other installations. Maya Homan,, 11 Nov. 2022 Candlelight Concert Society has presented world-class chamber music since 1972, featuring guest artists from around the globe. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 25 Oct. 2022 Yet appeals to wider audiences mustn’t alienate those already partial to chamber music. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2022 That's not a surprise, given his background in chamber music. The Indianapolis Star, 25 Sep. 2022 Lewis has been on a particularly strong chamber music run in the last 10 or so years. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chamber music was in 1615

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“Chamber music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chamber music


: instrumental music to be performed by a few musicians in a room or small hall

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