Definition of quintet
1 : a musical composition or movement for five instruments or voices
2 : a group or set of five: such asa : the performers of a quintetb : a basketball team
Recent Examples of quintet from the Web
On June 3, Levy celebrates her new CD with an all-star quintet — tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, drummer Richie Barshay, bassist Tim Norton and pianist Carmen Staaf, Levy's longtime collaborator — at the Polish National Home in Hartford.
Six competitors will play a piano quintet with the Brentano String Quartet and a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
That quintet has won 46 of the last 48 Grand Slam titles, a dozen-year stretch of dominance.
They’ll be followed by two piano quintets, including one by Johannes Brahms.
When that quintet of major champions (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Stan Wawrinka) finally slows down, there will be a gap at the top.
In the spring of 1997, Spice Girls mania ruled as the British vocal quintet rose to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its debut album, Spice.
Omaha’s indie pop outfit Tilly and the Wall, pictured above, likes the alphabet: The quintet filmed a music video about ABCs to be aired this fall on Sesame Street and, on June 17, is also releasing a new full-length simply called O.
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Did You Know?
A classical quintet is usually written for strings (usually two violins, two violas, and a cello) or woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn), but brass quintets (two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba) have also become popular in North America recently. In jazz, Miles Davis led two famous quintets. In pop music, the Miracles, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5 were immensely popular vocal quintets. In rock, one of the most common instrumental lineups has been a quintet consisting of two guitars, a bass, a keyboard, and drums; famous rock quintets have included the Grateful Dead and the Beach Boys.
Origin and Etymology of quintet
quintet from Italian quintetto, from quinto fifth, from Latin quintus; quintette from French, from Italian quintetto
First Known Use: 1764
QUINTET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quintet for English Language Learners
: a group of five singers or musicians who perform together
: a piece of music for five singers or musicians
QUINTET Defined for Kids
Definition of quintet for Students
1 : a piece of music for five instruments or voices
2 : a group of five singers or musicians who perform together
3 : a group or set of five
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