Genres

feature article
a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine
 
poetry
literature in metrical form
 
grand opera
opera in which all the text is sung
 
antiphonal
bound collection of antiphons
 
prose
ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
 
agony column
a newspaper column devoted to personal problems
 
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
 
classical music
traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
 
skiffle
a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
 
parable
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
 
detective story
a narrative about someone who investigates crimes and obtains evidence leading to their resolution
 
quickstep
military march accompanying quick time
 
sonata
a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
 
progressive 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
 
musical drama
opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are equally important; the music is appropriate to the action
 
adventure story
a story of an adventure
 
Western
a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
 
gospel
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)
 
religious song
religious music for singing
 
Arthurian legend
the legend of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
 
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