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Art music

music in the classical tradition, as opposed to popular or folk music.
Historical Examples

Politics and religion—finance and agriculture—science and art—music and history, were all largely discussed.
The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner

The vocal solo had no place in their system and hence it never appears in the art music of their time.
Some Forerunners of Italian Opera William James Henderson

The art music of the time was polyphonic, that is, constructed by so interweaving melodies that harmonies resulted.
For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore

music written by a composer rather than passed on by oral tradition Compare folk music


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