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  • adj. Not musical; unrelated to music
  • n. A production that is not a musical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not musical in nature
  • adj. lacking interest in or talent for music


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non- +‎ musical


  • There is no longer any doubt that there is a significant link between early music instruction and cognitive growth in certain other, "nonmusical" abilities, such as math, memory, and spatial-temporal reasoning.

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  • Then on Thursday, the exotic chanteuse Sigali Hamberger constructs a one-woman show in tribute to a largely nonmusical icon, Ava Gardner , the most high-glam and mysterious of Hollywood heroines.

    Blues From Brazil to China

  • This had happened before, of course, with "Showboat" and others, but it was Hammerstein who deliberately elevated the nonmusical parts of the musical.

    "Showtime," Larry Stempel's history of Broadway musicals, reviewed by Lloyd Rose

  • Mr. Gibbs's "Season in the Sun," a fluffy comedy that ran for 367 performances, is the last nonmusical play by an American drama critic to have opened on Broadway.

    He Knew What He Liked—Not Much

  • In July, the network announced the return of its '90s animated classic "Beavis and Butthead," which helped usher in an era of nonmusical programming and gradually led MTV away from its core mission of showcasing popular music.

    Music Television Makes Online Bet

  • From a distance, the show at Feinstein's this week appears to be a musical tribute to a nonmusical icon—the most famous face in the history of American culture.

    The Jazz Scene: Big Bands and Bombshells

  • It is difficult to predict how audiences will respond to having well-known nonmusical material transformed into a musical stage production.

    Telling 'Tales' for the Musical Stage

  • As he started his own family and encouraged his children to study, Rabbi Wall took the burden upon himself, too, to study the faith, eventually spending equal time on music and torah and attracting recognition for his nonmusical work.

    Praying to His Strength

  • Both employ nonmusical means to break the boundary between stage and audience — sympathetic lighting, choreographed movement and use of the entire performance space.

    Modern Echoes of the Renaissance

  • While I'm now willing to grant "Faust" its occasional place in the lineup, Puccini's hokey 1910 Gold Rush melodrama, "La Fanciulla del West" (based on David Belasco's hokey nonmusical melodrama, "The Girl of the Golden West"), has to go.

    What Staging Can Do, for Good or Ill


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