art music

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art music (uncountable)

  1. Music composed with advanced structural and theoretical considerations, as opposed to folk music and pop music.
    • 2002, Aaron Copland, William Schuman, What to Listen for in Music
      The next form of repetition is fundamental not only to many folk songs but also to art music in its smallest and largest sections.
    • 2007, Michael Veal, Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae
      [] as the invention of the grand piano opened up new possibilities for composers of European art music in the nineteenth century...
    • 2014, Kofi Agawu, Representing African Music, page 149:
      Popular music, finally, is contemplative art—a surprising claim, perhaps, given its association with dance and its divergence from danceless art music.