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Adjective applied somewhat patronizingly and vaguely to mus. which is supposed to need less concentration than ‘serious music’ (another objectionable term). Thus there are also ‘light’ orchs. and ‘light’ opera. ‘Light’ mus. can refer to Elgar's shorter pieces or to works by composers such as Ronald Binge. ‘Light opera’ probably means Merrie England rather than The Merry Widow, but such classification is imprecise.

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