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Music a medley of popular tunes
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



an instrument piece comprised of popular melodies from an opera, operetta, or ballet or of melodies written by an individual composer or taken from folk songs, dances, marches, or motion pictures. Usually the melodies in a potpourri do not develop but simply follow one another. Between individual melodies short passages are introduced, which serve the purpose of modulation and thematic transition. Widespread since the 19th century, potpourris are written for various instrumental groups, most commonly for variety-stage orchestras and brass bands.

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Last year, Holiday Potpourri raised more than $200,000 for the school, an amount that Herring has seen skyrocket since his first Holiday Potpourri in 1987, where $25,000 was raised.
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