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(Fr. sextette or sextuor; It. sestetto; Ger. Sextett).

Performing group of 6 instrumentalists or singers, or work written for them to perform, e.g. Brahms's str. sextets. Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht (1899) was orig. a str. sextet. Janáček's Mládí (1924) is a wind sextet. Strauss's opera Capriccio (1940–1) opens with a str. sextet. The most famous operatic sextet is the Act II finale of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), ‘Chi mi frena in tal momento’.

Subjects: Music.

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