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I sang in a reggae band. And then there was a soul band where I sang back-up vocals and some lead. And I was also in a women's a capella group. And I was in the gospel choir at school. Actually, I've always been in choirs. Or some kind of group. Just because I love singing so much. But I truthfully never thought of it as a career.
Abigail Washburn

Meaning of a capella in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A CAPELLA

ɑː  kəˈpɛlə play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF A CAPELLA

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WHAT DOES A CAPELLA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

A cappella

A cappella music is specifically group, or solo, singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is accompanied singing. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music. These days, many a cappella groups can be found in high schools and colleges. There are amateur Barbershop Harmony Society and professional groups that sing a cappella exclusively. Although a cappella is technically defined as singing without instrumental accompaniment, some groups use their voices to emulate instruments; others are more traditional and focus on harmonizing. A cappella styles range from gospel music to contemporary to barbershop quartets and choruses. An increased interest in a cappella music is evident with recent TV shows like The Sing Off, musicals like Perfect Harmony and movies such as Pitch Perfect.
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ENGLISH WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A CAPELLA

a capella
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Synonyms and antonyms of a capella in the English dictionary of synonyms

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WORDS RELATING TO «A CAPELLA»

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Translation of «a capella» into 20 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A CAPELLA

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无伴奏
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a capella
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a capella
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एक Capella
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ل كابيلا
280 millions of speakers
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а капелла
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a capella
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a capella
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a-capella
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カペラ
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아카펠라
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một capella
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una capella
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capella
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а капела
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a capella
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a capella
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a capella
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a capella
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a capella
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Trends of use of a capella

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a capella

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4 QUOTES WITH «A CAPELLA»

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JC Chasez
With *NSYNC, we shopped our deal for a year in America, sang a capella in everybody's office, then moved to Germany for almost two years and became popular there. A guy representing a rock band came to our show in Budapest, saw 60,000 people get excited for a band from America that nobody in America knew, and told someone at RCA.
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Brian Eno
When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a capella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings - to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.
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Kina Grannis
I've loved singing since forever. Whether it was with my sisters while cleaning the kitchen, putting shows on for my stuffed animals, writing songs about my stuffed animals, starting an a capella group with my cousins while on vacation, or awkwardly singing along to karaoke tracks alone in my bedroom - singing always found a way into my life.
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Abigail Washburn
I sang in a reggae band. And then there was a soul band where I sang back-up vocals and some lead. And I was also in a women's a capella group. And I was in the gospel choir at school. Actually, I've always been in choirs. Or some kind of group. Just because I love singing so much. But I truthfully never thought of it as a career.
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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A CAPELLA»

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""Our Father" fox mixed choir a capella": Sheet Music
Modern, contemporary classical choral piece for singing in church, great repertoire for proffesional and amateur chamber choirs, film music, soundtrack, landspace music
autorValeriy Antonyuk, 2013
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""Alleluia" for mixed choir a capella": Sheet Music
Sheet Music Valeriy Antonyuk. Alleluia Moderato J : 92 Valeriy Antonyuk mp SOPRANO ALTO TENOR BASS Allegro J : 120 39 f a1 - le-lu -i. Alleluia for mixed choir a capella.
autorValeriy Antonyuk, 2013
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Music of the Repressed Russian Avant-garde, 1900-1929
Cantata for a capella chorus (Mashistov) (1948) Rodina. Cantata for soloists and a capella chorus (Prokofiev) (1948) Pesnya o Sovetskoi Rossii. Poem for a capella chorus (Litvinov) (1958) Pesni krasnodarskovo kraya (1959) O Lenine.
autorLarry Sitsky, 1994
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The Hispalensis Lectures on Nuclear Physics
142, 167 (1986) 5. J. S. Hamich, K. Redlich, A. Tousi: Phys. Lett. B 486, 61 (2000) and J. Phys. G 27, 413 (2001) 6. F. Becattini, Z. Phys. C 69, 485 (1996) 7. A. Capella, U. Sukhatme, C-I Tan, J. Tran Thanh Van: Phys. Rep. 236, 225 (1994) 8.
autorJose Miguel Arias, Manuel Lozano, 2004
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An Acoustic Comparison of Voice Use in Solo and Choral ...
Brian Barker Carter. 3. Choral example 3, “Hallelujah Chorus” measures 74-81 a. a capella b. a capella with headphones c. with headphones at low volume d. with headphones at high volume B. Subject records solo examples 1.
autorBrian Barker Carter, 2007
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The Brightest Stars: Discovering the Universe through the ...
Relative sizes of Capella A, Capella B, and the Sun (top diagram); relative sizes and separations of CapellaA and B versus the Sun and Earth (Earth not drawn to scale—it would be much smaller). pairing—the duplicity of Capella was ...
autorFred Schaaf, 2008
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The Life of Stars: The Controversial Inception and Emergence ...
... and luminosity about 10−2L⊙. The radius of the orbit is about 0.11 AU, or just 30 times the radius of Capella A. Capella D is also a red dwarf with mass 0.25– 0.3M⊙ and luminosity 5×10−2L⊙. The radius of the orbit of this star is 0.022 AU,  ...
autorGiora Shaviv, 2009
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Readings in the History of Music in Performance
This choir is called Chorus a capella, for the whole choralis vocalis, or the entire capella, performs entirely separately from the other choirs, yet they likewise sing together, in the same way as the full Werk of an organ. This then provides an ...
autorCarol MacClintock, 1979
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A Survey of the Cathedrals of York, Durham, Carlisle, ...
Sutton Capella deytrutl'a. Сон/0001' R. St. Mary. шумом R. St. Peter. Wig/ton part/ a Capella. тиф: St. Mary Capella; N. В. this Chapel is in Warwick/hire. Croft R. _any are. caty V. `se. ‚Ада/0001. f' Thorp Capella St. Mary. .Desforcl R. St. Martin.
autorBrowne Willis, 1742
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The 30-30 Career: Making 30 Grand in 30 Seconds! Vol. 4
Have you ever heard someone sing a capella for you and they sound good, but when you hear them over a piece of music they sound bad. It's because when they sing a capella, their is nothing to compare their voice with. A capella affords  ...
autorWendell Hanes, 2010
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10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A CAPELLA»

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Fundraising concert to help school and church missionary work
Kings Langley Community Choir will be joined by the Leverstock Green-based Just A Capella for a harmonious Songs for a Summer's Evening. «Hemel Gazette, Jul 15»
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Malawi political parties DPP VS MCP: Contrasting Fortunes
Take advantage of DPPs disjointed a Capella. Infiltrate its membership base. There is discontentment in that camp. Recruit them and expand ... «The Maravi Post, Jul 15»
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Local teen advancing to national competition
Her school activities include Knightline Dance Team, Vice President of Student Council, A Capella Choir, and Key Club Service Organization. «Daily Journal Online, Jul 15»
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Sounds of Freedom
... singers of the Homeland Harmony Quartet, pianist Jack Clark, singer Ryan Wilson and Lee University's a capella group, the Voices of Lee. «Cleveland Daily Banner, Jul 15»
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Summary of Laws of The Three Weeks
Moreover, although singing is permitted, most - but not all - contemporary Poskim rule that listening to recorded "a capella" music is not ... «Arutz Sheva, Jul 15»
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Voices of Africa at Mission Folk Music Festival
Black Umfolosi is one of Africa's great musical exports. Their performance blends a capella singing with traditional dances and costumes. «Mission City Record, Jul 15»
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In 1956, Asbury's first rock n' roll show ended in a riot
A year later, Hauser formed an a capella vocal group, “The Criterions,” with some friends from Belmar and Neptune. In 1969 he formed the first ... «Asbury Park Press, Jul 15»
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Rhythm of the Fourth: Independence Day concerts set
Following her at 8 p.m. will be Eclipse 6, a Utah a capella band who has had several previous Davis County performances. Like with other a ... «Davisclipper, Jul 15»
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Hallowell crowd applauds mayor's Declaration reading
Another round of applause followed Dave Morris' a capella rendition of “God Bless America.” Morris, who graduated in June from Hall-Dale ... «Press Herald, Jul 15»
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Capsule reviews of feature films
After a humiliating incident in front of the president, the all-female a capella powerhouses attempt to make their way to the world championships ... «Glens Falls Post-Star, Jul 15»
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