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accompaniment

Music a subordinate part for an instrument, voices, or an orchestra

accompaniment

A decoration added to a building with the intention of enhancing its appearance.
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When Sarah ate she set aside, with a sigh, the dish of dandelions with its crowning ovarious accompaniment. As this dark mass had been transformed from a bright and love-indorsed flower to be an ignominious vegetable, so had her summer hopes wilted and perished.
He appears to me less human than simian, and whenever I hear him talk I seem to myself to have paused in the street to listen to the shrill clatter of a hand-organ, to which the gambols of a hairy homunculus form an accompaniment.
They lunched slowly and meditatively, with mute intervals between rushes of talk; for, the spell once broken, they had much to say, and yet moments when saying became the mere accompaniment to long duologues of silence.
The camels, flung pell-mell together, were uttering dull and pitiful groans; cries and howls of despair were heard issuing from that dusty and stifling cloud, and, from time to time, a parti-colored garment cut the chaos of the scene with its vivid hues, and the moaning and shrieking sounded over all, a terrible accompaniment to this spectacle of destruction.
In the first place, the black tulip had been produced; secondly, the Prince William of Orange, as a true Hollander, had promised to be present at the ceremony of its inauguration; and, thirdly, it was a point of honour with the States to show to the French, at the conclusion of such a disastrous war as that of 1672, that the flooring of the Batavian Republic was solid enough for its people to dance on it, with the accompaniment of the cannon of their fleets.
Also, in the absence of an instrument, Michael would sing to the prompting and accompaniment of Steward's voice, who would begin by wailing "kow-kow" long and sadly, and then branch out on some old song or ballad.
Having the accompaniments available to print, though less convenient than the usual piano booklet, makes sense and keeps the volume at an affordable price of $12.99.--Reviewed by Douglas Warthen, Southern Illinois University Carbandale
The 30 hymn tunes are set with accompaniments in the following styles: Celtic, jazz, pop, Latin and Southern gospel, with four in each category.
Piano Solos: Instrumental Accompaniments, revised, orchestrated by Phillip Keveren.
The lesser-known folk songs like "The Galway Piper" and "O Waly Waly" still prove Kevereffs talent for beautiful melody over interesting accompaniments. Keveren's goal of arranging folk music in a wide variety of styles gives pianists a well-rounded collection of beautiful late intermediate/early advanced solos.
Orchestrated accompaniments are available on either CD or GM disk.
Many of us already use digital pianos with disk drives, so that students can play with pre-recorded accompaniments in a flexible way.