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divertissement


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(Fr.).

Amusement. The same as divertimento, with the additional meaning of an entertainment of dances and songs inserted in an 18th‐cent. stage spectacle or sometimes in a ballet or opera (as in Gounod's Faust or Delibes's Coppélia). The term is also applied to a suite of dances unconnected by a story. Ibert's Divertissement is an orch. work derived from mus. for the film The Italian Straw Hat.

Subjects: Music.


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