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Class III. Words Relating to Matter
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416. Musician. [Performance of Music.]

   NOUN:MUSICIAN, artiste [F.], virtuoso, performer, player, minstrel; bard (poet) [See Poetry]; accompanist, instrumentalist, organist, pianist, violinist, tweedledee [Scot.], fiddler, catgut scraper [slang]; flutist or flautist; harpist or harper, fifer, trumpeter, cornetist, piper, drummer; accordionist.
  ORCHESTRA; string -orchestra, – quartet; strings, woodwind, brass; band, brass band, military band, German band, jazz band; street musicians, waits.
  VOCALIST, melodist, singer, warbler; songster, chanter or chaunter [archaic]; cantatore [It.], cantatrice [F.], improvisator, improvvisatore or improvisatore [It.]; improvvisatrice or improvisatrice [It.], songstress, chantress or chauntress [archaic]; chorister; chorus singer.
  choir or quire [archaic]; chorus; Liedertafel [Ger.], Liederkranz [Ger.]; choral -club, – society; singing -club, – society; festival chorus, eisteddfod [Welsh].
  SONG BIRD, nightingale, philomel, lark, ringdove, bulbul, cuckoo, thrush, mavis.
  [PATRONS] Orpheus, Apollo, Apollo Musagetes, the Muses, Polyhymnia, Erato, Euterpe, Terpsichore; Pierides, sacred nine, tuneful nine, tuneful quire [archaic]; Siren.
  COMPOSER [See Melody. Concord].
  CONDUCTOR, choirmaster, bandmaster, concert master or Concertmeister [Ger.], drum major, song leader, precentor.
  PERFORMANCE, execution, touch, expression.
   VERB:PLAY, tune, tune up, pipe, pipe up, strike up, sweep the chords, fiddle, scrape [derog.], strike the lyre, beat the drum; blow -, sound -, wind- the horn; doodle [Scot. or colloq.]; toot, tootle, grind the organ; touch the guitar (instruments) [See Musical Instruments]; twang, pluck, pick, paw the ivories [slang]; pound, thump; drum, thrum, strum, beat time.
  EXECUTE, perform; accompany; sing -, play- a second.
  COMPOSE, set to music, arrange, harmonize, orchestrate.
  SING, chant or chaunt [archaic], intone, hum, warble, carol, yodel, chirp, chirrup, lilt, purl, quaver, trill, shake, twitter, whistle; sol-fa; do-re-mi.
  have an ear for music, have a musical ear, have a correct ear, have absolute pitch.
   ADJECTIVE:MUSICAL; lyric, dramatic; coloratura [It.], bravura, florid, brilliant; playing &c. v.
   ADVERB:adagio [It.], andante [It.] (music) [See Music].
  1. At last divine Cecilia came, Inventress of the vocal frame.—Dryden
  2. He raised a mortal to the skies, She drew an angel down.—Merchant of Venice
  3. The little fellow stood keeping time.—Pepys
  4. Blows out his brains upon the flute.—Browning