sheet music


Definition of sheet music

: music printed on large unbound sheets of paper

Examples of sheet music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Resting atop the harpsichord is a piece of sheet music known only from this painting. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Rare Portrait of Teenage Mozart Heads to Auction," 15 Nov. 2019 Prepare 16 bars of a song in your key and bring sheet music; accompanist provided. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Audition notices for Milwaukee area theater and music productions (Fall 2019 edition)," 30 Aug. 2019 Now, both follow the same script and sheet music, more or less. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "How Trans-Siberian Orchestra Manages a Holiday Haul of Nearly $60 Million in Just Seven Festive Weeks," 15 Nov. 2019 Social media users remixed her words, used them as punch lines and transcribed them into sheet music, to name a few. Los Angeles Times, "Kylie Jenner trademarks ‘rise and shine.’ Of course she did," 22 Oct. 2019 From sheet music to MP3s, technology has long influenced the form of music. The Economist, "The economics of streaming is changing pop songs," 3 Oct. 2019 No pop songs are allowed, and be sure to bring sheet music in the proper key. Corey Dockser,, "Historical hikes, botanical art, and a chance to sing," 14 Aug. 2019 Now Theis has gathered up the old reams of sheet music and called out the various Jazz Mafia factions for a free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival performance Saturday afternoon. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Groundbreaking Jazz Mafia celebrates milestone with free SF show," 10 Sep. 2019 Baz Luhrmann, the Australian film director known for his more-is-more aesthetic, sat in a Manhattan recording studio one recent Tuesday afternoon, at a table strewn with sheet music and water bottles. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!” Mega Mashup," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sheet music

1852, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Sheet music.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of sheet music

: music printed on sheets of paper that are not bound together

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