from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. music made by the voice, in distinction from
instrumental music; hence, music or tunes set to words, to be performed by the human voice.
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- n. music that is vocalized (as contrasted with instrumental music)
- n. music intended to be performed by one or more singers, usually with instrumental accompaniment
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And as there was a strong desire on the part of the race to diseard plantation melodies, reminders of cruel bondage, and learn classical music, he who could teach vocal music had an inviting field in which to work.
From these considerations it follows that the tone quality, tempo, and rhythm of vocal music accompanied 1y the organ are more in conformity with the religious mood than is the character of orchestral instruments.