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Abbreviations/music lexiconAbbreviations/music lexicon
Abbreviation acap
German (de) a cappella
English (en) a cappella
Spanish (es) a capella
French (fr) a cappella
Italian (it) a cappella
Dutch (nl) a capella
Definition/synonyms unaccompanied; a capella

A cappella (Italian for "in the manner of the chapel") music is specifically group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is usually accompanied singing. The term "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. The term is also used, albeit rarely, as a synonym for alla breve.
Source: Wikipedia
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