serious music performed by a small group of musicians
A genre of classical music written for a small group of instruments
Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber. Most broadly, it includes any art music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part. However, by definition it usually does not include solo instrument performances. Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as "the music of friends." For more than 200 years, chamber music was played primarily by amateur musicians in their homes, and even today, when most chamber music performance has migrated from the home to the concert hall, many musicians, amateur and professional, still play chamber music for their own pleasure. Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described chamber music as "four rational people conversing." This conversational paradigm has been a thread woven through the history of chamber music composition from the end of the 18th century to the present. The analogy to conversation recurs in descriptions and analyses of chamber music compositions.
The numerical value of chamber music in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of chamber music in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I tried to resist his overtures, but he plied me with symphonies, quartettes, chamber music, and cantatas.
Images & Illustrations of chamber music
Translations for chamber music
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- камерна музикаBulgarian
- komorní hudbaCzech
- μουσική δωματίουGreek
- música de cámaraSpanish
- musique de chambreFrench
- ceòl seòmrachScottish Gaelic
- musica da cameraItalian
- 室内楽, 重奏Japanese
- камерна музикаMacedonian
- música de câmaraPortuguese
- muzică de camerăRomanian
- камерная музыкаRussian
Get even more translations for chamber music »
Find a translation for the chamber music definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these chamber music definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"chamber music." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 22 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/chamber music>.