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a cappella without instrumental accompaniment, as choral singing.
accompanist one who provides a musical accompaniment, esp. on a piano.
appertain to belong or be related as an attribute, accompaniment, consideration, or the like; pertain (usu. fol. by "to").
aria a solo piece for voice with instrumental accompaniment, usu. sung in an opera. [1/2 definitions]
backing the instruments or voices that provide accompaniment for a soloist. [1/3 definitions]
castanet one of a pair of slightly concave wooden or ivory instruments, held in the hand and clicked together to provide rhythmic accompaniment, esp. to certain Spanish dances.
comp1 to play an accompaniment to jazz music, as on a piano or guitar, often of syncopated chords.
complement something that makes a fine accompaniment to something else, makes it complete or perfect, or creates a perfect balance for it. [2/7 definitions]
continuo a continuous bass accompaniment on a keyboard instrument, used esp. in baroque music.
doo-wop a singing style most popular in the 1950s, characterized by a lead singer performing with a chorus singing nonsense syllables, either with or without instrumental accompaniment.
entail to call for or bring about as a necessary accompaniment; necessarily involve. [1/5 definitions]
glee a song scored for three or more voices, performed without accompaniment. [1/2 definitions]
homophonic of music, having only one melodic line predominating, with other voices or parts as accompaniment. [1/2 definitions]
madrigal a type of song popular in the Renaissance, usu. sung by four to six singers who sing the same words but at different times and usu. with no instrumental accompaniment.
motet a piece of multivoice religious music with entwined melodies, usu. sung without accompaniment.
obbligato not to be left out; obligatory (used of a musical part or accompaniment that is considered prominent but usu. ornamental). [2 definitions]
opera1 a dramatic work set to music, with an accompaniment by an orchestra. [1/3 definitions]
ostinato a brief melodic phrase repeated over and over by the same instrument, used esp. as an accompaniment to a soloist or an ensemble passage.
part song a song written for several voice parts, to be sung without accompaniment.
patty-cake a child's game of clapping hands as accompaniment to this rhyme. [1/2 definitions]
ragtime a late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American musical form, having a syncopated melody and an accompaniment in two-four time, usu. written for the piano.