Genres

pibroch
martial music with variations; to be played by bagpipes
 
anthem
a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
 
documentary film
a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
 
situation comedy
a humorous drama based on situations that might arise in day-to-day life
 
soul
a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s
 
drama
the literary genre of works intended for the theater
 
sonata
a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
 
concerto
a composition for orchestra and a soloist
 
fugue
a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
 
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)
 
reprint
a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
 
skiffle
a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
 
shoot-'em-up
a movie featuring shooting and violence
 
closet drama
drama more suitable for reading that for performing
 
Western
a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
 
nonfiction
prose writing that is not fictional
 
commedia dell'arte
Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
 
romance
a story dealing with love
 
musical drama
opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are equally important; the music is appropriate to the action
 
thriller
a suspenseful adventure story or play or movie
 
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