from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Compositions traditionally intended for performance in a private room or small concert hall and written for an instrumental ensemble, such as a trio or quartet, with one player for each part.
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- n. A genre of classical music written for a small group of instruments
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. vocal or instrumental music adapted to performance in a chamber or small apartment or audience room, instead of a theater, concert hall, or church.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Music, either instrumental or vocal, which is specially suited for performance in a small room: opposed to concert-music, and also to church music and operatic music.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. serious music performed by a small group of musicians
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Since that time she has been always before the public, and has taken special interest in chamber music and quartet playing, the Shinner Quartet of ladies having acquired a national reputation.
His chamber music classes, too, at the Berlin High School, tend to develop admirable quartet players; thus we find Marie Soldat organising a ladies 'quartet which had a good career, and Gabrielle Wietrowitz taking the place of first violin in the excellent ladies' quartet formed in England by Miss Emily Shinner. [