Genres

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a short news story presenting sidelights on a major story
 
pointillism
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
 
skiffle
a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
 
trad
traditional jazz as revived in the 1950s
 
dithyramb
(ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
 
square-dance music
music performed for square dancing
 
lead
a news story of major importance
 
concerto grosso
a baroque composition for orchestra and a group of solo instruments
 
tragicomedy
a dramatic composition involving elements of both tragedy and comedy usually with the tragic predominating
 
Hallel
(Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
 
talking picture
a movie with synchronized speech and singing
 
classical
traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
 
interior monologue
a literary genre that presents a fictional character's sequence of thoughts in the form of a monologue
 
peepshow
a short pornographic film shown in a small coin-operated booth
 
funk
an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar
 
chamber music
serious music performed by a small group of musicians
 
doxology
a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God
 
three-D
a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
 
musical drama
opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are equally important; the music is appropriate to the action
 
opera comique
opera with a happy ending and in which some of the text is spoken
 
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