sheet music


: music printed on large unbound sheets of paper

Examples of sheet music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another group of sixth graders, each holding a violin or a cello, read out notes from sheet music. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Lost sheet music from George Gershwin’s first full-length musical has resurfaced nearly a century after it was last performed. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2024 For some budding musicians (and even old pros), the very sight of sheet music can elicit a fight-or-flight response, bringing up painful memories of strict piano teachers and high-pressure recitals. Tristan Geary, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Norwegian pianist Rune Alver carefully unfolded the brittle sheet music and began caressing the keys of the baby grand. Stephen Cox, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2024 This best-selling model has 200 tones, 200 rhythms, 40 demos, a stand for sheet music, and more. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 1 Mar. 2024 While Metallica typically performs with a singer, two guitarists, a drummer and a bassist, Oakton’s band needed sheet music for more than a dozen marching band instruments, including trumpets, trombones, saxophones, tubas, flutes, and bass and snare drums. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024 But this year, schools were able to use Prop 28 funding, supplying everything from sheet music to pottery wheels. Elissa Miolene, The Mercury News, 14 Jan. 2024 Not far behind was the city of Alhambra float, featuring a giant dragon clutching a globe in its claw watching over a baby dragon sleeping on a stack of sheet music. Defne Karabatur, Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sheet music was in 1852

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“Sheet music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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sheet music

: music printed on unbound sheets of paper
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