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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Golden State’s options came down to cutting Casspi or waiving someone from its center-by-committee sextet of Zaza Pachulia, Jordan Bell, David West, JaVale McGee, Kevon Looney and Damian Jones. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Omri Casspi a Casualty of Golden State’s Numbers Game," 8 Apr. 2018 This Friday, Paul Simon will take the stage at TD Garden to say goodbye to longtime friends and fans with more than a dozen musicians (including the adventurous sextet yMusic) and a set list that spans a long life and a wide world. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "The Weekender: Pop papas, rockin’ dads, and the godfather of gospel," 16 June 2018 The Art Ensemble of Chicago, now a sextet, continues to perform. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City," 3 Dec. 2018 The last of the Skype sextet, Toivo Annus, was hired in Tallinn to manage the development of Toivo Tänavsuu, Ars Technica, "“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype," 3 Sep. 2018 The first-rate sextet performing the premiere was composed of string players James Ehnes, Alexander Kerr, Cynthia Phelps and Clive Greensmith, with virtuoso flutist Jeffrey Barker and the infinitely subtle clarinetist Anthony McGill. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Chamber Music Society debuts an ear-boggling piece by a ‘Dark Knight’ composer," 17 July 2018 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

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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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