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‘A rough drawing or delineation of something, giving the outlines or prominent features without the detail, especially one intended to serve as the basis of a more finished picture, or to be used in its composition’ (OED). This was the original meaning of the word, and it was not until the latter part of the 18th century that it acquired the additional sense of ‘a drawing or painting of a slight or unpretentious nature’. A sketch should be distinguished from a ‘study’, which is a representation of a detail to be used in a large composition and may be highly finished. See also oil sketch.

Subjects: Music.

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