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Musical accompaniment   /mjˈuzɪkəl əkˈəmpnɪmənt/   Listen
Musical accompaniment

A musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts.  Synonyms: accompaniment, backup, support.

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"Musical accompaniment" Quotes from Famous Books

... pre-eminently characteristic of it. "Scorn not the Sonnet," said Wordsworth to his contemporaries; but the lesson has not been needed in the second half of the century. The sonnet is the most solid and unsingable of the sections of lyrical poetry; it is difficult to think of it as chanted to a musical accompaniment. It is used with great distinction by writers to whom skill in the lighter divisions of poetry has been denied, and there are poets, such as Bowles and Charles Tennyson-Turner, who live by their sonnets alone. ...
— Victorian Songs - Lyrics of the Affections and Nature • Various

... played for Tony Pastor in the early days. It reads like a "who's who" of vaudeville history. Mr. Fostelle, has in his collection a bill of an entertainment given in England in 1723, consisting of singing, dancing, character impersonations, with musical accompaniment, tight-rope walking, ...
— Writing for Vaudeville • Brett Page

... of this strange spectacle and its musical accompaniment, so apparently out of keeping, must be sought for in the beliefs of the people. It was a drama ...
— Indian Story and Song - from North America • Alice C. Fletcher

... hours from now the spectacle will take place," said he, with a forced laugh. "In three hours the wedding-torches shall be lighted, and in order to make it the pleasanter, we will have the wails of the people of Berlin as a musical accompaniment." ...
— The Merchant of Berlin - An Historical Novel • L. Muhlbach

... jewels in the African sunshine. As the Agha's daughter moved forward smiling her sad little smile, there came with her a waft of perfume like the fragrance of lilies; and the tinkling of bracelets on slender wrists, the clash of anklets on silk-clad ankles, was like a musical accompaniment, a faintly played leit motif. Perhaps Ourieda had dressed herself in all she had that was most beautiful in ...
— A Soldier of the Legion • C. N. Williamson

... engaged a finer voiced Reader and advertised him at raised prices to repay themselves out of the surplus congregation. Not only had Greenberg to play second fiddle on these grand occasions, but he had to iterate "Pom" as a sort of musical accompaniment in the pauses of ...
— Children of the Ghetto • I. Zangwill

Words linked to "Musical accompaniment" :   descant, part, discant, voice, vamp

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