Chamber music

Find out more about chamber music - pieces composed to be played in someone's home rather than in a church or theatre.

Impressionist

Find out more about impressionist music - introduced in late 19th Century France and focused was on creating shifting mood and atmosphere.

Jazz funk

Find out more about jazz funk - a style of music that grew out of jazz, but brings in elements of soul music and rhythm and blues.

Lied and lieder

Find out more about lied (plural lieder) - a song performed in German by a solo singer with piano accompaniment.

Mass

Find out more about mass - the setting of a church service (or mass) to music.

Musique concrète

Find out more about musique concrète - a style of experimental music that is composed using recorded sounds.

Oratorio

Find out more about oratorio - a large scale work for voices and instruments.

Plainchant

Find out more about plainchant - a style of medieval vocal music.

Recitative

Find out more about recitative - a type of singing that is closer to speech than song

Sonata

Find out more about sonata - a piece of instrumental music, usually for a solo instrument, or a small group

Soul

Find out more about soul music - a style of African American music that developed from rhythm and blues in the USA in the 1950s and 60s.

String quartet

Find out more about string quartet - a musical group made up of two violins, one viola and one cello.