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Amusement. (1) An 18th‐cent. suite of movts. of light, recreational mus., sometimes for open‐air perf., for a small no. of players. Mozart wrote 25, calling them Divertimenti or sometimes serenades or cassations. In the 20th cent. composers use the term to denote a not‐too‐serious work. (2) Fantasia on airs from operas, etc.

(1) An 18th‐cent. suite of movts. of light, recreational mus., sometimes for open‐air perf., for a small no. of players. Mozart wrote 25, calling them Divertimenti or sometimes serenades or cassations. In the 20th cent. composers use the term to denote a not‐too‐serious work. (2) Fantasia on airs from operas, etc.

Subjects: Music.


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