Definition of accompaniment in English:



  • 1A musical part which supports or partners an instrument, voice, or group.

    ‘she sang to a guitar accompaniment’
    mass noun ‘sonatas for piano with violin accompaniment’
    • ‘A couple of minutes later, voices struck up an accompaniment to the drumbeat.’
    • ‘The Royal Cliff house band provided the musical background and the accompaniment to ‘Happy Birthday’, sung by the little Isabel Kirschmann for her dear friend.’
    • ‘The range of the custom-tuned baritone guitar means there's a bass accompaniment to the melody, and even the track ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ is delicious rather than out of place.’
    • ‘When students attempted to play the accompaniment to the artist's melody, they were hampered by not knowing the notes well enough.’
    • ‘Varying the instrumental accompaniment can help avoid musical monotony.’
    • ‘Headteacher, the late David Clough, and myself took the children for an outing on the famous line and we all went up and down the carriages singing the song with guitar accompaniment to smiling passengers.’
    • ‘The songs, piano accompaniment and violin part are of an easy to moderate level of difficulty.’
    • ‘This is not necessarily a fault, as both composers saw the violin as an equal partner at best, and even described their earlier sonatas in this genre as works for piano with violin accompaniment.’
    • ‘Add Pedja Muzijevic's elegant and supportive piano accompaniment, and this is a Winterreise that repays an attentive ear and a watchful eye.’
    • ‘The earliest piano recordings, prior to 1910, were not very successful; most discs from this time employ the piano as an accompaniment to a vocalist.’
    • ‘No one but Beth could get much music out of the old piano; but she had a way of softly touching the yellow keys, and making a pleasant accompaniment to the simple songs they sang.’
    • ‘Some keyboard divertimentos have accompaniments for other instruments, as do many contemporary keyboard sonatas.’
    • ‘This form of singing along with recorded orchestral accompaniment to popular songs began as entertainment in bars and has since spread overseas.’
    • ‘The special live feature for her Opera House performance was the inclusion of a violin and cello accompaniment to Orton's sweet and distinctive voice.’
    • ‘For the most part, Tosti's songs were written for voice with piano accompaniment, and both Carreras and Heppner have been fortunate to work with sensitive arrangers.’
    • ‘This is because when singing romances, a singer must rely only on his or her voice and the accompaniment of the piano and not on stage props.’
    • ‘Use guitar and some rhythm instruments as the accompaniment.’
    • ‘Another time I demonstrated a new keyboard instrument capable of playing accompaniments from floppy disk to a group of flutists.’
    • ‘But bear in mind that many people use a digital keyboard not to play sheet music but to add digital accompaniment to other instruments.’
    • ‘Include and inspire younger siblings through clapping, responsive singing and simple accompaniments on rhythm instruments.’
    backing, support, background, soundtrack, comp
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    1. 1.1 A piece of music played as a complement or background to an activity.
      ‘lush string accompaniments to romantic scenes in films’
      ‘we filed out to the accompaniment of the organ’
      • ‘And speaking of the score, the Mondo films have some of the most beautiful, suggestive, and lush accompaniment ever produced.’
      • ‘And the gallery of exploitation art is presented without accompaniment, meaning that you have to sit and watch the images unfurl in silence.’
      • ‘Dynamo will provide vigorous live accompaniment whilst the hot plates are sizzling and for delirious dessert, THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS whip up a small hurricane.’
      • ‘Aparicio is among the salsa writers who stress this music's importance as accompaniment to dance.’
      • ‘To the accompaniment of vintage jazz records, the train chugs up and down the otherwise closed branch line from Arcady to Flaxfield Junction.’
      • ‘Raise a toast, with beer of course, and enjoy the fun that comes with lively music as an accompaniment.’
      • ‘With the Bocking Concert Brass in attendance, there was suitable musical accompaniment to the occasion, held at Howard Hall, Bocking End, on Friday.’
      • ‘An 11-piece band graced the orchestra pit, very few touring companies can boast as many as that, and their accompaniment was very good.’
      • ‘But to traditional people around the world, music is not background accompaniment to life-it is essential to life itself.’
      • ‘Brian Gray's short film featured Johnny Cash singing religious songs, a gritty accompaniment to a serene film that followed a trio of utterly committed and convinced toilers in the vineyards of the Lord.’
      • ‘The Ab Fab 4 provide the musical accompaniment to each day's show.’
      • ‘I thought they'd be doing little dance routines with slap-bass accompaniment, but they are quite Dutch, calm and businesslike.’
      • ‘There is even a tour of building sites with live music accompaniment.’
      • ‘The Air Command Band provided the musical accompaniment to the successful parade, after what had been a hectic few days of practice.’
      • ‘Different from those noisy eateries, this restaurant provides a tranquil atmosphere with only the accompaniment of Chinese folk music, which matches well with its decorations of ancient style.’
      • ‘Matt played in a band called the Space Goats, who were extremely prominent at road protests, often providing a live musical accompaniment to digger diving with their heady brew of psychedelic folk music.’
      • ‘Like a lot of instrumental guitar music, Man On Stilts comes across, at first, as music accompaniment for a '60s spaghetti western.’
      • ‘Another first is the Bayou Cafe, a New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole eatery that features live jazz music accompaniment.’
      • ‘Shining Star, which was favored with live accompaniment for its premiere, is the kind of romp at which the Alley dancers excel; Parsons posed no new challenges.’
      • ‘But it serves well as an accompaniment to dance for this luscious orientalist extravaganza and it is invaluable to have these three famous ballets brought together.’
      • ‘Elmore Bernstein and Chico Hamilton provide the musical accompaniment to the movie's portrayal of the 1950s New York nightclub demi-monde.’
      • ‘To the accompaniment of some of her favourite hymns and church music, more than 1,000 Yorkshire people gathered to express their gratitude yesterday for the life of the Queen Mother.’
      • ‘He delivers elegant chamber music accompaniments to this clever film.’
      • ‘The musical score by Carl Davis is lyrical yet understated, an effective accompaniment, and it is rendered serviceably by the mono audio track.’
      • ‘So, musicians make a better living, while balletomanes enjoy the status and the possibilities for collaborative fireworks that come only with live accompaniment.’
      • ‘Wuttichot's music teacher, Mr Chris, provided the musical accompaniment to the show, as well as introducing his Primary 3 recorder ensemble.’
      • ‘His accompaniment sounds like evil burlesque music, lurching forward, undressing you with its eyes.’
      • ‘I was a little disappointed however, that there was no musical accompaniment to the site, maybe a little of Depeche Mode's ‘Personal Jesus’?’
      • ‘Notably, hip-hop is the dominant musical accompaniment to the leading fan dancing routines.’
      • ‘It is unfortunate that this awareness has come at a time when live accompaniment for dance remains very low in the priorities of funding agencies and corporate sponsors.’
      • ‘The scramble to the hospital allowed time only for a rummage in the glove compartment of our car, which provided a battered copy of Twenty Golden Country Greats as the sole musical accompaniment to the birth.’
      • ‘The tradition of Gaelic work songs developed as rhythmic accompaniment to such tasks as milking, harvesting, spinning, and weaving.’
      • ‘Music, that soul-stirring accompaniment for the men of arms.’
      • ‘AND WHAT ABOUT the dancers who train in studios that use recorded music and then transfer to one that uses only live accompaniment?’
      • ‘As a result, myself, Andy Williams and DJ Kobal are providing the musical accompaniment to this evening of visual fun.’
      • ‘Seventy Two & Sunny is an appropriate title since it's the ideal musical accompaniment to a warm summer day and documents a gifted singer-songwriter continuing to mature.’
      • ‘It made you long to see more - with a better musical accompaniment to do it justice.’
      • ‘Classes 7 and 8 gave a musical accompaniment to the story, Grace's Journey about a girl in The Gambia.’
      • ‘Ranging from the techno-infused uptempo music in Tokyo X to the jazzy downbeats in Chicago, the musical accompaniment to the onscreen action fits seamlessly.’
      • ‘Firstly, the musical accompaniment to Sidia's production included flutes, percussive instruments and a keyboard.’
      backing, support, background, soundtrack, comp
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  • 2Something that supplements or complements something else.

    ‘these biscuits are a lovely accompaniment to tea’
    • ‘The soup was robust and fruity, fun and flavorful; the steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly, the Bernaise sauce a wickedly sinful accompaniment.’
    • ‘The smell of a chocolate dessert came wafting from the kitchen and someone decided we had to order one to share even though the description of its cold foamy sauce accompaniment sounded unappealing.’
    • ‘Choose one accompaniment for each cheese, and serve crackers and toasted sliced bread on the side.’
    • ‘The Pan con Tomate was your standard bread appetizer, but made a delicious accompaniment to the cheese and olives, which are a bit too intense without meatier companion.’
    • ‘It was a dish I received with mixed feelings, because attractive and delightful as it was, with its rather delightful accompaniment of orange sauce and ice cream, I found it a tad undignified to eat.’
    • ‘This means that instead of a flour-based gravy as accompaniment, pot-roast meat can be served with the cooking sauce that has miraculously thickened all by itself.’
    • ‘Usually we eat them as a meal on their own with a salad, but they also make a delicious accompaniment to roasted or grilled chicken or pork.’
    • ‘You can get talked into it as a chic accompaniment to smoked salmon.’
    • ‘The marinated squid salad, which Gill munched while I fulminated over my pesto, was big enough to feed a whole table, while the chilli oil was a subtle and sweet accompaniment.’
    • ‘Early on, Anna teaches us how to craft sublime roast potatoes that would have Gary Rhodes chewing his toque, and a lemony sponge cake requiring nothing more than a dusting of sugar and a cup of strong coffee by way of accompaniment.’
    • ‘Chicken pie on a bed of chow mein, half-rice half-chips in a curry sauce, and even battered cod with a sweet and sour accompaniment are all served with the essential salt and vinegar condiments.’
    • ‘The waiter did mention that this stew-like dish wasn't served with any accompaniment, and although it was satisfying I sort of missed rice or potatoes to round it out.’
    • ‘Bea started off with a haggis clapshot, while I, having had my first choice nabbed, ordered an old favourite, deep-fried brie, with the novel twist of a strawberry coulis accompaniment.’
    • ‘We chose sole in sole with anchovy sauce, served with boiled potatoes and a ratatouille-like vegetable accompaniment, plus steak with roquefort cheese sauce.’
    • ‘Dessert - the creamy panna cotta was superb, with a contrasting marmalade-like bitter kumquat accompaniment.’
    • ‘A wonderful volume for vacation or leisure reading, this book is a perfect accompaniment to a day at the beach or an evening by the fireplace with a good cup of coffee.’
    • ‘The famous old dessert wine, recommended by the chef, proved to be an inspired accompaniment, complementing the textures and flavours of the foie gras and the fruit beautifully.’
    • ‘The meat wasn't as moist as it might have been, and the brie blended in so well that I wondered if there was actually any present, but the sauce was a gloriously tart accompaniment and the sweet potato rosti was cooked perfectly.’
    • ‘The menu also includes a range of meals popular with children and the focus is on meals that are in themselves complete and require no accompaniment, such as potatoes or rice.’
    • ‘It was, however, an excellent accompaniment to the delicious Garlic Naan we tried.’
    complement, supplement, addition, adjunct, appendage, trimming, companion, accessory
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Early 18th century: from French accompagnement, from accompagner ‘accompany’.