sex·​tet | \seks-ˈtet \

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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The concert of the Brahms B Flat Major and G Major string sextets was convened by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and on its marketing materials a photo of Pamela Frank was a lure. Peter Dobrin,, "Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo wallow in Brahms for friends and family," 12 May 2018 An album was part of the plan from the start, according to Robinson, and the group, trimmed to a sextet for the recording, was prolific enough to record 29 songs, the rest of which will be featured on High Water II during early 2019. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The Magpie Salute Takes on the System With 'For The Wind': Exclusive Premiere," 6 July 2018 The playfulness of the funky tune belies the dense layers of sonic textures: As the sextet pines over lost love, this uptempto interplay of sax riffs and electronic flourishes eventually breaks down into a slow jam R&B bridge. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks," 23 Apr. 2018 Maybe there are drinks, and before long someone breaks out the Brahms sextets. Peter Dobrin,, "Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo wallow in Brahms for friends and family," 12 May 2018 Yeah, for some reason, '98 saw a metal sextet from Berlin bust onto TRL and the American charts with a chugging industrial track tinged with flourishes of '90s house and campy operetta. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998: Critics' Picks," 29 May 2018 This concert, uptown at the Park Avenue Armory, coincides with the closing of that show and features Ms. Roberts joined by a poet known as Geng and a sextet of snare drummers. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 19 Apr. 2018 In January 2019, the Pražák and Zemlinsky quartets will join forces for Mendelssohn’s scintillating Octet for Strings, as well as sextets by Erwin Schulhoff and Antonín Dvořák. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Friends of Chamber Music announce a ‘Transcendant’ 2018-19 season," 2 June 2018 There are few things that can make a sextet of generally loquacious actors freeze up faster than an open-ended question about gender pay parity. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, ""Don't Let the Business Kill the Love": The Drama Actor Roundtable," 31 May 2018

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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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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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