Songs without words

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 25 09:48:46 UTC 2010

I think of a "song" as being sung.  The word "tune" works for me as the melody part of music without vocals (or even with).  As in "Name That Tune".
  I like for free music.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see phonetic spelling

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> Poster: Herb Stahlke
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> I've heard a Beethoven symphony and a chorus from the Mass in B minor
> referred to as songs. I suppose if you don't use "song" to mean
> "musical composition," you tend to use the name of the form. So
> Pachelbel's Canon in D would be a canon.
> Herb
> On Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 5:07 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
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>> For "song," the AHD4 has "a brief composition written or adapted for singing."
>> I personally use the word "song" to mean a musical composition without words, such as Pachelbel's Canon in D even though I have a sense that songs should have sung lyrics.
>> The AHD4 meaning therefore seems prescriptive in a way that does not reflect common usage.
>> Although someone subjective, my Mac dictionary does well at walking this thin line with an additional definition: a musical composition suggestive of a song.
>> Benjamin Barrett
>> Seattle, WA
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