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I think there are rock stars within every subgenre, and for people who are obsessed with musical theater Sutton Foster and Audra MacDonald are like Beyonce to them. I'm sure the a cappella world has their own version of that, and that exists in every geeky subculture.
Anna Kendrick

Meaning of a cappella in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD A CAPPELLA

Italian: literally, according to (the style of the) chapel.
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PRONUNCIATION OF A CAPPELLA

ɑː  kəˈpɛlə play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF A CAPPELLA

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A cappella can act as an adjective and an adverb.
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WHAT DOES A CAPPELLA 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.

definitionDefinition of a cappella in the English dictionary

The definition of a cappella in the dictionary is without instrumental accompaniment.

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ENGLISH WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A CAPPELLA

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

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WORDS RELATING TO «A CAPPELLA»

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TRANSLATION OF A CAPPELLA

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无伴奏
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एक cappella
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كابيلا
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а капелла
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アカペラ
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아카펠라
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а капела
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The translation of a cappella in German is a cappella play
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a cappella

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9 QUOTES WITH «A CAPPELLA»

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Ben Folds
With the a cappella groups, every voice is like one string on a guitar, one note on the piano, or one cymbal, and you don't have the luxury of falling back on anything.
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Kim Gordon
And then, I was thinking of doing a record just like starting with voice, because I did this one song that was just kind of a cappella, and I did it for this art piece I did where people could come and play music to go with a voice.
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Ed Helms
My friend and I sang an a cappella rendition of Extreme's 'More Than Words' at one of our football pep rallies in a desperate attempt to look cool. For a while, I wore pink Converse All Stars because I thought it made me seem daring and irreverent.
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Anna Kendrick
I think there are rock stars within every subgenre, and for people who are obsessed with musical theater Sutton Foster and Audra MacDonald are like Beyonce to them. I'm sure the a cappella world has their own version of that, and that exists in every geeky subculture.
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A. J. McLean
We didn't realize there were that many boy bands until we started touring in Europe. I don't think we were ever affected by it since a lot of the groups in Europe didn't really sing live, but we did and would perform a cappella as well.
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Juice Newton
I'll do a cappella stuff, rock 'n' roll and swing stuff.
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Masi Oka
I played piano back in my elementary school days and I sang a cappella back in college.
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Mavis Staples
My high-school a cappella teacher would embarrass me in front of the choir. 'Mavis, you're in the basement. Mavis, you're singing with the boys.' I said, 'Mr. Finch, my voice isn't soprano. I can't sing up there with the girls.' So I just got out of the choir.
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T-Pain
I make sure I sing a cappella to let people know I can sing.
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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A CAPPELLA»

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Pitch Perfect (movie tie-in): The Quest for Collegiate A ...
Sure to strikea chord with fans of Glee and The Sing-Off, this raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes, to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.
autorMickey Rapkin, 2012
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A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry
As an intricate choral music lovingly arranged, this gathering makes manifest a rich community of accomplished voices, a community whose immediate concerns are various, whose informing circumstances diverge, but whose common chord remains ...
autorAnn Elizabeth Hostetler, 2003
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Powerful Voices: The Musical and Social World of Collegiate ...
The first scholarly account of the music and culture of collegiate a cappella
autorJoshua S Duchan, 2012
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A Cappella
This is a tale of intense, heartbreaking love in adolescence, and the tragedy it gives rise to.
autorMariko Koike, 2013
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A cappella: an anthology of unaccompanied choral music from ...
A unique anthology which casts its net far and wide across seven centuries of unaccompanied European choral music, this book is a fascinating selection of thirty pieces, ideal for enterprising choirs looking for something out of the ...
autorJohn Gardner, Simon Harris, Simon John Minshaw Harris, 1992
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Anna's Amazing a Cappella Arranging Advice: The Collegiate a ...
Covering the basics and more advanced aspects of a cappella arranging, this book is great for novice and experienced arrangers.
autorAnna Callahan, 2000
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Beyond "Salmo 150": The a Cappella Choral Music of Ernani Aguiar
This study provides an overview of Aguiar's fifty-three a cappella choral works with an emphasis on their overall stylistic features.
autorMariana Farah, 2008
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A Cappella
"A story of the chaos endemic with the end of high school, the overinflated loves of a lifetime, and peace that only the right song can bring"--P. [4] of cover.
autorTanya Jennings Keenan, 2011
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An Analytical Conductor's Guide to the SATB a Cappella Works ...
Part's a cappella works prove difficult even for the most highly trained ensembles. The vocal control that is required to sing the long phrases, usually without vibrato, and the quality of intonation needed to sing the triads and dissonances in tune ...
autorKimberly Anne Cargile, 2008
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Contemporary a Cappella Songbook: Collection
Now available through Hal Leonard are these outstanding a cappella collections.
autorVarious, 1998
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10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A CAPPELLA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a cappella is used in the context of the following news items.
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From Pentatonix, Penn Masala To Pitch Perfect: The Magic Of The …
A cappella” – meaning “without accompaniment”, used to describe songs that are sung without the use of any instruments besides the human ... «Youth Ki Awaaz, Jul 15»
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ABQ version of 'Once Upon a Mattress' adds a cappella twist
Christy Burbank is Princess Winnifred in Musical Theatre Southwest's production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” (Courtesy of Jason Ponic). «Albuquerque Journal, Jul 15»
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Usher at the 2015 Essence Fest: Less was more
In "Burn," he maintains that a relationship must end regardless of the pain that will result; he finished off the song a cappella in what proved to ... «NOLA.com, Jul 15»
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Alesha Dixon heckled for singing British national anthem in …
I'm not the greatest fan of God Save the Queen, but that a cappella rendition by Alesha Dixon at the #BritishGP was simply awful!! — Richard ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Fundraising concert to help school and church missionary work
Two a cappella choirs will be giving a fund-raising concert at All Saints' ... Billy Joel, Adele and ELO, while Just A Cappella sing pop, doo-wop, ... «Hemel Gazette, Jul 15»
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Concert review | Columbus Symphony: Old standbys prevail at …
The Columbus Gay Men's chorus joined the orchestra to deliver four stirring works, including a reverent a cappella arrangement of America the ... «Columbus Dispatch, Jul 15»
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Williamsburg Symphonia announces summer music festival
... stars Kelli O'Hara (July 13) and Heather Parcells (July 15), and the return of the male a cappella troupe, Straight No Chaser (July 18). Tickets ... «Daily Press, Jul 15»
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HoverFest saluting veterans with fundraiser
... magicians The Magics at 6:15 p.m., the a cappella Quartet SummerTime at 7:15 p.m. and nationally-known comedian Greg Hahn at 8:15 pm. «Chippewa Herald, Jul 15»
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Brian Wilson Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, July 4
... polite folk-pop from opener Justin Nozuka, Wilson, Jardine and his nine-man backing band immediately kicked into SMiLE's a cappella intro, ... «Exclaim!, Jul 15»
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A look at the portrayers of the Revolution's heroes
He joined an 18th-century-themed a cappella group, the Liberty Tones. Someone suggested character work. Franklin. That was 13 years ago. «Philly.com, Jul 15»
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