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  • n. A genre of Germanic music (especially Bavarian music) typically involving brass instruments.
  • n. A bass line characteristic of such music, a bass that alternates lower and higher notes or chords on the beat, or that alternates in a mid-high-low-high sequence.


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  • • Homophone corner, in an exchange of views on the Eurovision song contest, past and present: It's so goddamned white, it's so goddamned oom-pah.

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  • Some truly desperate oom-pah music from Bavaria was even played over the public address before kick-off, although Sarries did draw the line at wearing Lederhosen.

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  • While plenty could go wrong, and a backlash is still possible, one thing is clear: There is little danger of being labeled effete in the home of Oktoberfest and oom-pah bands.

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  • As many as 45 volunteers, aged 14 to 80, bring instruments and perform "oom-pah," Broadway and Queen songs as families march around the gazebo.

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  • The accordion propels them, the joyous oom-pah that is the heart of Tejano music.

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  • Their music sounded like a cross between Bavarian oom-pah and a mariachi band, but in a good way.

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  • Next to the Virgin Mary statue in front of the church, an oom-pah band in silly red, white, and green hats blasted out "Zooma Zooma" as a woman 'of a certain age', just a visitor herself, boldly danced around the courtyard.

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  • These were taken at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, a fabulous barnlike drinking hall where my group enjoyed sausages, potatoes, sauerkraut, pretzels, pigs' knuckles only one of us, the sight of men in lederhosen, the music of the in-house oom-pah band, and of course beer.

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