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1. a board game in which balls are struck into holes, with pins as obstacles; pinball
2. another name for bar billiards
3. a short light piece of music, esp for piano



a short instrumental piece, especially for the piano. The term was first used by F. Couperin. Bagatelles for the piano were composed by Beethoven (three series of pieces), A. K. Liadov, and B. Bartok. A. Dvorak and A. Webern wrote bagatelles for instrumental chamber ensembles.


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In the Quintet in G major, the Bagatelles and the Terzetto alike, the Scharoun Ensemble lay the emphasis on delicate dynamics, cantability and a bold lyrical charge, which sets their interpretation apart from the rather more robust Czech creations (of the Panocha Quartet and the Stamic Quartet).
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Its relatively thin texture and short length make this bagatelle accessible for intermediate- or early- advanced-level students.