Definition of Accompaniment

1. Noun. An event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another.

Exact synonyms: Attendant, Co-occurrence, Concomitant
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Associate, Background
Derivative terms: Accompany, Attendant, Co-occurrent, Cooccur

2. Noun. A musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts.
Exact synonyms: Backup, Musical Accompaniment, Support
Generic synonyms: Part, Voice
Specialized synonyms: Descant, Discant, Vamp
Derivative terms: Accompany, Support

3. Noun. Something added to complete or embellish or make perfect. "Wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish"
Exact synonyms: Complement
Generic synonyms: Adjunct
Derivative terms: Complement, Complemental, Complementary

4. Noun. The act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them.
Exact synonyms: Escort
Generic synonyms: Protection
Specialized synonyms: Convoy
Derivative terms: Accompany, Accompany

Definition of Accompaniment

1. n. 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.

Definition of Accompaniment

1. Noun. (context: music) 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. ¹

2. 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. ¹

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Definition of Accompaniment

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Accompaniment

accompaniment (current term)
accompanying vein
accompanying vein of hypoglossal nerve

Literary usage of Accompaniment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Homophonic Forms of Musical Composition: An Exhaustive Treatise on the by Percy Goetschius (1898)
"(gf) The primary objects of the instrumental accompaniment to a Song are, first, to support, and secondly, to complement, the vocal part. ..."

2. Music (1897)
"BM ORATORIOS WITH ORGAN accompaniment. By Fountain Meen (Organist of Union Chapel, Islington). Among the various duties that fall to the lot of an organist, ..."

3. A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Albert Harkness (1892)
"The Instrumental Ablative denotes both accompaniment and Means.1 RULE XXIV.—Ablative of accompaniment. 419. The Ablative is used— I. To denote accompaniment ..."

4. Organ Registration: A Comprehensive Treatise on the Distinctive Quality of by Everett Ellsworth Truette (1919)
"Coupler also give a good Mp accompaniment. ... On the Gt., if the accompaniment is sustained in character, a Doppel Floete, or a Gross Floete can be used ..."

5. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"Seven arle with Instrumental accompaniment. \aples Real collegia Library. ... Aria for soprano with accompaniment of two violins, viola, and cembalo. ..."

6. The Principles of Expression in Pianoforte Playing by Adolph Friedrich Christiani (1885)
"Melody and basses, like the outlines of a picture, should be plainly perceptible, and the accompaniment, or inner voices, subdued. ..."

7. The Soliloquies of Shakespeare: A Study in Technic by Morris LeRoy Arnold, ( (1911)
"The latter function is performed in three ways : as an explanation of accompanying " business " ; as an accompaniment of an entrance, or of an exit, ..."

8. A New School of Gregorian Chant by Dominicus Johner (1906)
"A good organ accompaniment, improvised, presupposes many things, facility in harmonising, thorough appreciation of the melody, a rapid glance at the phrases ..."

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