abstract art
an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation
acid rock
a musical style that emerged in the 1960s; rock music inspired by or related to drug-induced experience
adventure story
a story of an adventure
Aesop's fables
a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller Aesop
African-American music
music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
agony column
a newspaper column devoted to personal problems
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
animated cartoon
a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
bound collection of antiphons
art rock
a style of rock music that emerged in the 1970s; associated with attempts to combine rock with jazz and other forms; intended for listening and not dancing
Arthurian legend
the legend of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
ballroom music
a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940)
black comedy
comedy that uses black humor
a type of country music played at a rapid tempo on banjos and guitars
a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano)
opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken
C and W
a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments
a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
a hymn derived from the Bible
cantus firmus
a pre-existing melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition; originally drawn from plainchant, but later drawn from other sources
chamber music
serious music performed by a small group of musicians
a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
a style in art reflecting Chinese influence; elaborately decorated and intricately patterned
a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune
Christmas carol
joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ
church music
genre of music composed for performance as part of religious ceremonies
cinema verite
a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director
traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
closet drama
drama more suitable for reading that for performing
collage film
a movie that juxtaposes different kinds of footage
an article giving opinions or perspectives
light and humorous drama with a happy ending
coming attraction
a movie that is advertised to draw customers
commedia dell'arte
Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
a composition for orchestra and a soloist
concerto grosso
a baroque composition for orchestra and a group of solo instruments
cool jazz
jazz that is restrained and fluid and marked by intricate harmonic structures often lagging slightly behind the beat
dark comedy
a comedy characterized by grim or satiric humor; a comedy having gloomy or disturbing elements
dead march
a slow march to be played for funeral processions
detective story
a narrative about someone who investigates crimes and obtains evidence leading to their resolution
Dies Irae
the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')
popular dance music (especially in the late 1970s); melodic with a regular bass beat; intended mainly for dancing at discotheques
(ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
a genre (usually a cappella) of Black vocal-harmony music of the 1950s that evolved in New York City from gospel singing; characterized by close four-part harmonies; the name derived from some of the nonsense syllables sung by the backup
a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God
the literary genre of works intended for the theater
epic poetry
poetry celebrating the deeds of some hero
a body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme
ethnic music
the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period; characterized by balance and antithesis and alliteration and extended similes with and allusions to nature and mythology
a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
a sad Portuguese folksong
a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine
the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
film noir
a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
final cut
the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
folk art
genre of art of unknown origin that reflects traditional values of a society
folk ballad
a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar
genre painting
a genre depicting everyday life
folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)
grand opera
opera in which all the text is sung
Gregorian chant
a variety of plainsong named after Pope Gregory I
(Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
Hare Krishna
a chant to the Hindu god Krishna
heavy metal
loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
high comedy
a sophisticated comedy; often satirizing genteel society
hillbilly music
country music originating in mountainous regions of southern United States
genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
home movie
a film made at home by an amateur photographer
hot jazz
jazz that is emotionally charged and intense and marked by strong rhythms and improvisation
a wedding hymn
interior monologue
a literary genre that presents a fictional character's sequence of thoughts in the form of a monologue
a revolutionary socialist anthem
a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
a genre of art dealing with the depiction of natural scenery
a news story of major importance
light opera
a short amusing opera
love story
a story dealing with love
low comedy
a comedy characterized by slapstick and burlesque
popular dance music of Brazil; derived from the practices of the macumba religious cult
magazine article
an article published in a magazine
magic realism
a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or meticulously realistic painting are combined with surreal elements of fantasy or dreams
(Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
genre of music written for marching
martial music
brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
a musical setting for a Mass
an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization
an oratorio composed by Handel in 1742
modern jazz
any of various styles of jazz that appeared after 1940
genre of art and literature that makes a self-conscious break with previous genres
murder mystery
a narrative about a murder and how the murderer is discovered
musical drama
opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are equally important; the music is appropriate to the action
a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
naive art
a genre of art and outdoor constructions made by untrained artists who do not recognize themselves as artists
Negro spiritual
a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
news article
an article reporting news
a short film and commentary about current events
prose writing that is not fictional
a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
op art
a style of abstractionism popular in the 1960s; produces dramatic visual effects with colors and contrasts that are difficult for the eye to resolve
a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
(ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses
(New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message
a short pornographic film shown in a small coin-operated booth
a short newspaper article about a particular person or group
piano sonata
a sonata for piano
martial music with variations; to be played by bagpipes
Pilgrim's Progress
an allegory written by John Bunyan in 1678
(Roman Catholic Church) a liturgical chant consisting of a single, unaccompanied melodic line
literature in metrical form
a genre of painting characterized by the application of paint in dots and small strokes; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th century France
polyphonic prose
a rhythmical prose employing the poetic devices of alliteration and assonance
music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock'n'roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love
popular music
any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism
a genre characteristic of (or imitative of) primitive artists or children
processional march
a march to be played for processions
religious music used in a procession
ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
prose poem
prose that resembles poetry
rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock
military march accompanying quick time
R and B
a combination of blues and jazz that was developed in the United States by Black musicians; an important precursor of rock 'n' roll
a hymn that is sung at the end of a service as the clergy and choir withdraw
popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar
religious song
religious music for singing
a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead
rock opera
an opera with rock music
a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
a fusion of black music and country music that was popular in the 1950s; sometimes described as blues with a country beat
a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata
rough cut
the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family; originally (12th to 14th centuries) a story of the families that settled Iceland and their descendants but now any prose narrative that resembles such an account
singing jazz; the singer substitutes nonsense syllables for the words of the song and tries to sound like a musical instrument
music performed for dancing the schottische
a comedy with serious elements or overtones
a movie featuring shooting and violence
short story
a prose narrative shorter than a novel
short subject
a brief film; often shown prior to showing the feature
a short news story presenting sidelights on a major story
silent movie
a movie without a soundtrack
a humorous drama based on situations that might arise in day-to-day life
a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
skin flick
a pornographic movie
a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
slow motion
a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
a short and simple sonata
a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s
spaghetti Western
a low-budget Western movie produced by a European (especially an Italian) film company
square-dance music
music performed for square dancing
stream of consciousness
a literary genre that reveals a character's thoughts and feeling as they develop by means of a long soliloquy
symphonic music
a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
a genre of French painting characterized by bright flat shapes and symbolic treatments of abstract ideas
a movie with synchronized speech and singing
Te Deum
an ancient liturgical hymn
a movie that is made to be shown on television
think piece
an article in a newspaper or magazine or journal that represents opinions and ideas and discussion rather than bare facts
a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
a suspenseful adventure story or play or movie
traditional jazz as revived in the 1950s
drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
a dramatic composition involving elements of both tragedy and comedy usually with the tragic predominating
Twilight of the Gods
myth about the ultimate destruction of the gods in a battle with evil
wedding march
a march to be played for a wedding procession
a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies with Caribbean music and blues