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Ensemble music
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1. Concept and research

Like the word “consort,” the modern term “ensemble music” is used as a generic term for music for two or more instruments up to the second half of the 17th century, for at this period, the standard groups of instrumental music were only in the process of developing, and no generally accepted terminology was as yet in existence. The origins of music for ensembles of similar or different instruments are…

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Helms, Dietrich, “Ensemble music”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018776>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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