American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A vocal or instrumental part that supports another, often solo, part.
- n. Something, such as a situation, that accompanies something else; a concomitant.
- n. Something added for embellishment, completeness, or symmetry; complement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something that attends another as a circumstance; something incidental or added to the principal thing as a concomitant, by way of ornament, for the sake of symmetry, or the like.
- n. Specifically— In music, the subordinate part or parts added to a solo or concerted composition to enhance the effect, and also, if it be a vocal composition, to sustain the voices and keep them true to the pitch. The accompaniment may be given to one or more instruments, or to a chorus of voices. Instead of writing accompaniments in full, as is now done, the older composers were accustomed merely to indicate the harmonies to be employed by means of a figured bass, which could be performed in a great variety of ways, more or less elaborate, according to the musical knowledge, taste, and skill of the executant.
- n. In painting, an object accessory to the principal object, and serving for its ornament or illustration: generally termed an accessory (which see).
- n. In heraldry, anything added to a shield by way of ornament, as the belt, mantling, supporters, etc.
- n. An accompaniment is said to be obbligato when it so far differs from that which is accompanied that it is necessary for the intended effect, but ad libitum when it so nearly coincides with that which is accompanied that it may or may not be used, at will. The form of accompaniment is specifically described by terms such as arpeggio, figured, pulsatile, harmonic, contrapuntal, running, etc., and its character is indicated by naming the instrument or other apparatus by which it is provided: as, a piano accompaniment, a chorus accompaniment, etc.
- n. music A part, usually performed by instruments, that gives support or adds to the background in music, or adds for ornamentation; also, the harmony of a figured bass.
- n. That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry. A part performed by instruments, accompanying another part or parts performed by voices; the subordinate part, or parts, accompanying the voice or a principal instrument; also, the harmony of a figured bass.
- n. a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
- n. an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
- n. the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
- n. something added to complete or embellish or make perfect
“Inevitably, the Q&A would stop and some hideous, generic Muzak-style instrumentals would play in accompaniment of the exercising.”
“A soprano singing with a piano accompaniment is also heard as a coherent happening, despite being composed of distinct sounds (notes).”
“Their traditional accompaniment is salsa borracha - “drunken sauce” - made with pasilla chiles and pulque.”
“Sting's Songs from the Labyrinth features the music of John Dowland – a melancholic Elizabethan era composer – and accompaniment from the Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov… A spokesman for the awards, which are produced by the British Phonographic Institute, said the only previous instances of a non-classical artist being nominated were Roger Waters last year and the techno-classicist William Orbit in 2001.”
“With musical accompaniment from the Conqueror Wyrms and the Plasma Miasma.”
“Later yet, at a Boheme, i really can't hear Luciano's top at all, except when the accompaniment is vide or he happens to catch hold of a phrase riding nicely from below, as at the opening of "O Mimi, tu piu.”
“The St. Michael's Choir School performed a programme of traditional and popular Christmas songs, with accompaniment from the audience on several occasions.”
“Their best accompaniment is the beat of the listening heart.”
“The presbytery were his assistants; so "with," implying merely accompaniment, is said of them.”
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