sex·​tet | \ seks-ˈtet How to pronounce sextet (audio) \

Definition of sextet

1 : a musical composition for six instruments or voices
2 : a group or set of six: such as
a : the performers of a sextet
b : a hockey team

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Recent Examples on the Web Working with a unique sextet that included bassist Stephan Crump, tubaist... Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Last Desert’ by Liberty Ellman Review: Moving Out of His Own Shadow," 4 May 2020 In this stunning sextet, each character gives voice to psychic pain that can be articulated but not resolved. Howard Reich,, "Lyric Opera review: ‘Dead Man Walking’ powerfully probes guilt and redemption," 3 Nov. 2019 Inevitably, the evening takes a dark and bloody turn; and eventually, the original sextet are joined by new arrivals, including Johnny Knoxville as a fiery televangelist. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Five new movies to watch at home (or not), ranked from must-see to skip it," 9 Apr. 2020 His latest undertaking is a sextet featuring five younger musicians on the New York scene: Nathan Reising on alto saxophone, Morgan Guerin on tenor saxophone, Lex Korten on piano, Sasha Berliner on vibraphone and Nick Dunston on bass. New York Times, "12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 27 Feb. 2020 The sextet's latest EP with Fever Season debuts at No. 10 on Billboard's World Albums chart dated July 13, 2019. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "GFriend Returns to the Top 10 of World Albums With 'Fever Season'," 12 July 2019 The 10-time Grammy-winning sextet features Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "2020 Tri-C JazzFest diverse lineup to feature homage to Charlie Parker, music by John Mayall and the Punch Brothers," 8 Feb. 2020 There would be many more gigantic, kitschy installations: A sextet of 10-foot-tall dancing frogs and an alligator made of Altoid tins. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Bob Wade, Sculptor of the Outlandishly Large, Dies at 76," 7 Jan. 2020 That Tukes was fronting a sextet on the Green Mill’s compact stage added to the sonic and visual impact of the event. Howard Reich,, "Jazz review: Chicagoan Thaddeus Tukes celebrates ‘Let’s Vibe’ at Green Mill," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sextet

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sextet

alteration of sestet

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The first known use of sextet was in 1791

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“Sextet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sextet

: a piece of music written for six performers
: a group of six people or things especially : a group of six singers or musicians who perform together

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