music


music
noun
1 arrangement of sounds for singing/playing
ADJECTIVE
beautiful, fine, good, great, wonderful
loud
quiet, soft, sweet

The soft background music made her feel sleepy.

ambient
heavy

Heavy music thundered from the basement.

light
serious
cool, funky
dramatic, lively, upbeat
tonal
atonal, twelve-tone
contrapuntal, polyphonic
live
recorded
background
canned, elevator (esp. AmE), piped (BrE)
band, choral, instrumental, orchestral, symphonic
guitar, keyboard, organ, piano, vocal, etc.
chamber
church, liturgical, religious, sacred
secular
mood
film, movie (esp. AmE)
ballet, incidental, theme

the incidental music for a radio play

acoustic, computer, digital, electronic, online
African, Indian, Irish, Western, etc.
mainstream, traditional
alternative, underground
urban
period

The movie uses appropriate period music.

experimental
avant-garde, Baroque, classical, contemporary, early, medieval, modern
popular
black, country, dance, disco, folk, gospel, heavy metal, hip-hop, house, indie, jazz, pop, rap, reggae, rock, soul, techno, world, etc.
… OF MUSIC
piece
bar, line
VERB + MUSIC
listen to

Listening to music is a great way to relax.

hear

She could hear loud music from the party upstairs.

make, perform, play, sing

We love to make music as a family.

play, put on

Put some music on, would you? (= play a CD, etc.)

blare, blare out, blast, blast out, pump out

bars and nightclubs blaring music late into the night

download
turn down, turn up

Could you turn that music down?

compose, write
arrange, score
put sth to, set sth to

Schubert set several poems by Goethe to music.

create, produce

The city has produced a lot of good music.

provide

a beach party with music provided by a local band

release
distribute
broadcast
record
burn

I use my laptop to burn music to a CD.

rip

software that rips music from CDs

be into (informal), enjoy, like, love

She's really into indie music.

appreciate

The ability to appreciate music is largely learnt.

pirate, steal
MUSIC + VERB
sound

The music sounded vibrant and loud.

play

Calypso music played faintly in the distance.

blare, blast, boom, pound, pump

disco music blaring out of the open windows of a car

come, drift, emanate, flow, waft

The music was coming from next door.

fill sth

Music filled the air.

drown sb/sth out
fade, fade away, fade out
accompany sth

the music which accompanied the dance

emerge from sth

the music emerging from the cities of America

evoke sth, inspire sth
reflect sth
MUSIC + NOUN
biz (informal), business, industry
scene

Rio's live music scene

world

She is a rising star in the music world.

genre
press

The album has been praised in the music press.

magazine
charts

The band are number one in the music charts.

award
concert, event, festival
collection
appreciation
aficionado, buff, enthusiast, fan, lover
composer, critic, director, journalist, mogul, producer, promoter, teacher

the choir's music director

group
legend, star

music legend, Elvis Presley

label
CD
video
download, file
album, track
channel, station
retailer, shop (esp. BrE), store (esp. AmE)
room, studio
venue
library
piracy
education
academy, college, school
class, lesson, workshop
therapy
PREPOSITION
to (the) music

to dance to the music

PHRASES
in time to (the) music

They did their exercises in time to the music.

music and song

an evening of Scottish music and song

the sound of music

The sound of pop music drifted through the open window.

a style of music
taste in music

Her taste in music was eclectic.

words and music

He made up the words and music for the song.

2 written signs that represent musical sounds
ADJECTIVE
printed, sheet
… OF MUSIC
bar, line, sheet
VERB + MUSIC
read

Can you read music?

MUSIC + NOUN
score
stand

I pulled the lyrics out and laid them on the music stand.

publisher, publishing
PREPOSITION
music for

music for piano, cello and voice

with music, without music

He played the piece without music.


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