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arabesque


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(Fr., Eng.), Arabeske (Ger.). A florid element in Arabian architecture, hence a florid melodic section. The term is sometimes applied to a piece of instr. mus. (not always in an appropriate manner) as by Schumann for his pf. piece, Op.18, or by Debussy to his 2 Arabesques for pf.

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