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Accompaniment is the musical part which provides the rhythmic and/or harmonic support for the melody or main themes of a song or instrumental piece. There are many different styles and types of accompaniment in different genres and styles of music. In homophonic music, the main accompaniment approach used in popular music, a clear vocal melody is supported by subordinate chords. In popular music and traditional music, the accompaniment parts typically provide the "beat" for the music and outline the chord progression of the song or instrumental piece. The accompaniment for a vocal melody or instrumental solo can be played by a single musician playing an instrument such as piano, pipe organ, or guitar. While any instrument can in theory be used as an accompaniment instrument, keyboard and guitar-family instruments tend to be used if there is only a single instrument, as these instruments can play chords and basslines simultaneously (chords and a bassline are easier to play simultaneously on keyboard instruments, but a fingerpicking guitarist can play chords and a bassline simultaneously on guitar). A solo singer can accompany herself by playing guitar or piano while she sings, and in some rare cases, a solo singer can even accompany himself or herself just using his or her voice and body (e.g., Bobby McFerrin). Alternatively, the accompaniment to a vocal melody or instrumental solo can be provided by a musical ensemble, ranging in size from a duo (e.g., cello and piano; guitar and double bass; synthesizer and percussion); a trio (e.g., a rock power trio of electric guitar, electric bass and drum kit; an organ trio); a quartet (e.g., a string quartet in Classical music can accompany a solo singer; a rock band or rhythm section in rock and pop; a jazz quartet in jazz); all the way to larger ensembles, such as concert bands, Big Bands (in jazz), pit orchestras in musical theatre; and orchestras, which, in addition to playing symphonies, can also provide accompaniment to a concerto solo instrumentalist or to solo singers in opera. With choral music, the accompaniment to a vocal solo can be provided by other singers in the choir, who sing harmony parts or countermelodies. Accompaniment parts range from so simple that a beginner can play them (e.g., simple three-note triad chords in a traditional folk song) to so complex that only an advanced player or singer can perform them (e.g., the piano parts in Schubert's Lieder art songs from the 19th century or vocal parts from a Renaissance music motet)..

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Definitions of "accompaniment"

  • Music A vocal or instrumental part that supports another, often solo, part. noun
  • Something, such as a situation, that accompanies something else; a concomitant. noun
  • Something added for embellishment, completeness, or symmetry; complement. noun
  • A part, usually performed by instruments, that gives support or adds to the background in music, or adds for ornamentation; also, the harmony of a figured bass. noun
  • That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry. noun
  • That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry. noun
  • Something that attends another as a circumstance; something incidental or added to the principal thing as a concomitant, by way of ornament, for the sake of symmetry, or the like. noun
  • Specifically— In music, the subordinate part or parts added to a solo or concerted composition to enhance the effect, and also, if it be a vocal composition, to sustain the voices and keep them true to the pitch. The accompaniment may be given to one or more instruments, or to a chorus of voices. Instead of writing accompaniments in full, as is now done, the older composers were accustomed merely to indicate the harmonies to be employed by means of a figured bass, which could be performed in a great variety of ways, more or less elaborate, according to the musical knowledge, taste, and skill of the executant. noun
  • In painting, an object accessory to the principal object, and serving for its ornament or illustration: generally termed an accessory (which see). noun
  • In heraldry, anything added to a shield by way of ornament, as the belt, mantling, supporters, etc. noun
  • An accompaniment is said to be obbligato when it so far differs from that which is accompanied that it is necessary for the intended effect, but ad libitum when it so nearly coincides with that which is accompanied that it may or may not be used, at will. The form of an accompaniment is specifically described by terms such as arpeggio, figured, pulsatile, harmonic, contrapuntal, running, etc., and its character is indicated by naming the instrument or other apparatus by which it is provided: as, a piano accompaniment, a chorus accompaniment, etc. noun
  • a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts noun
  • an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another noun
  • the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them noun
  • something added to complete or embellish or make perfect noun

The word "accompaniment" in example sentences

Inevitably, the Q&A would stop and some hideous, generic Muzak-style instrumentals would play in accompaniment of the exercising.. [Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat]

A soprano singing with a piano accompaniment is also heard as a coherent happening, despite being composed of distinct sounds (notes).. [Archive 2008-12-01]

Their traditional accompaniment is salsa borracha - “drunken sauce” - made with pasilla chiles and pulque.. [Wrap It Up: A Guide To Mexican Street Tacos - Part I]

Sting's Songs from the Labyrinth features the music of John Dowland – a melancholic Elizabethan era composer – and accompaniment from the Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov… A spokesman for the awards, which are produced by the British Phonographic Institute, said the only previous instances of a non-classical artist being nominated were Roger Waters last year and the techno-classicist William Orbit in 2001.. [Paul McCartney Wins Classical Brit, Sting Thankfully Doesn’t]

With musical accompaniment from the Conqueror Wyrms and the Plasma Miasma.. [Boing Boing: March 6, 2005 - March 12, 2005 Archives]

Later yet, at a Boheme, i really can't hear Luciano's top at all, except when the accompaniment is vide or he happens to catch hold of a phrase riding nicely from below, as at the opening of "O Mimi, tu piu.". [Conrad L. Osborne: Best Opera Critic Ever]

The St. Michael's Choir School performed a programme of traditional and popular Christmas songs, with accompaniment from the audience on several occasions.. [Christmas Luncheon]

Their best accompaniment is the beat of the listening heart.. [The Irish Mind]

The presbytery were his assistants; so "with," implying merely accompaniment, is said of them.. [Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible]

The usual breakfast accompaniment is Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk; the intensely vegetal pennywort tea is worth trying too.. []

The music accompaniment is perfect, eschewing some emo blowhard band and putting in a nice pop track that doesn’t overpower what’s happening on the screen, and the subsequent scenes only help to flesh out those who we’re going to be following.. [This Week In Trailers: Future X-Cops, The Myth of the American Sleepover, Shelter, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, No One Knows About Persian Cats | /Film]

On the contrary, it is Dignitas that is guilty of obfuscation, using the term accompaniment for assisted suicide and calling its death house the “Blue Oasis.”. [Letters to the Editor]

Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) had rescored the original film with his music to Melvin Van Peebles 'spoken word accompaniment and choreographer Corey baker's (of Ballet Noir and Fela!) dance performance.. [Spread ArtCulture: Resampling Jean Cocteau at the Guggenheim]

Despite himself, despite his sullenness, the forces compulsive opened his jaws and set all his throat vibrating in accompaniment.. [CHAPTER XXX]

Our choir director “invited me” to play the second piano part of the accompaniment, which is scored for two pianos and … well, two pianos.. [2007 September « Becca’s Byline]

The gimmick is that there is no dialogue or sound effects...the only soundtrack is a musical accompaniment, which is quite effective.. [Archive 2004-09-26]

Accompaniment Translates

TurkishAccompaniment English to Turkish Translate
(i). eşlik eden şey, refakat eden şey; (müz). akompaniman.(i). eşlik eden şey, refakat eden şey; (müz). akompaniman.

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I ate 100 different 'pigs in blankets' at a sausage party and it was painfully delicious
What’s the best accompaniment to Christmas dinner? Red cabbage? Get out of here. Parsnips? Come on, now. Sprouts? That’s an argument for another day. The obvious correct answer is: 'pigs in blankets'. And I mean proper pigs in blankets which, in the UK, means…

There’s More Religion Than You Think in Bach’s ‘Brandenburgs’
Holiday favorites, the “Brandenburg” Concertos aren’t just pretty Christmas music. They have complex social and religious subtexts.

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Stuffed aubergines and figs with pistachio biscuits – two dishes to create a rich and colourful winter feast There is invariably an aubergine dish on the table at Christmas. Primarily for those who don’t want to eat meat, but also for anyone who just fancies …


Accompaniment Word Data

  • Pronunciations(ə-kŭmˈpə-nē-mənt, ə-kŭmpˈnē-)
  • Character13
  • Hyphenation ac com pa ni ment




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