Genres

epic poetry
poetry celebrating the deeds of some hero
 
rondeau
a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata
 
Gregorian chant
a variety of plainsong named after Pope Gregory I
 
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
 
tragedy
drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
 
cantus firmus
a pre-existing melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition; originally drawn from plainchant, but later drawn from other sources
 
Twilight of the Gods
myth about the ultimate destruction of the gods in a battle with evil
 
concerto
a composition for orchestra and a soloist
 
interior monologue
a literary genre that presents a fictional character's sequence of thoughts in the form of a monologue
 
separate
a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
 
three-D
a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
 
scat singing
singing jazz; the singer substitutes nonsense syllables for the words of the song and tries to sound like a musical instrument
 
folk music
the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
 
thriller
a suspenseful adventure story or play or movie
 
skiffle
a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
 
postmodernism
genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism
 
melodrama
an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization
 
antiphonary
bound collection of antiphons
 
square-dance music
music performed for square dancing
 
cartoon
a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
 
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