accompaniment
(Ah-KUM-pee-nee-ment)


[Eng.]


The additional but subordinate music used to support a melodic line. In piano music, for example, the left hand often performs chords which serve as an accompaniment for the melody performed by the right hand. Similarly, a solo musician is often accompanied by a piano or an orchestra.

The abbreviation for accompaniment and accompany is acc.

See also accompany; acc.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLE:

Recitative
Mozart: Don Giovanni, Act I, "Ah!. del padre in periglio"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 10

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