One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of music set to be performed by contestants in a competition.
sample, example, bit, snippet, illustration, demonstration, exemplification, instance, selection, representative pieceView synonyms
- ‘Contests are rigorously judged and include a compulsory test piece.’
- ‘Monica faced the difficult task of singing three classical test pieces in foreign languages.’
- ‘It involves a test piece of the student's own choice.’
- ‘The former's Fantasia on an ostinato was written as test piece in 1985 for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.’
- ‘Messiaen composed several short test pieces for the Ecole Normale during the 1930s and three of them appeared in the musical supplements of the monthly magazine Le Monde musical, which was published on the last day of each month.’
- ‘The Fourth Symphony was chosen as a test piece for the Bernstein Conductor's Competition in Jerusalem in 1995.’
- ‘The so-called First Rhapsody for clarinet (Debussy never wrote a Second) Debussy originally wrote for clarinet and piano as a test piece for students at the Paris Conservatoire.’
- ‘As for Nina Osina's final performance of the commissioned test piece - Alma-Ata by Kazakh composer Almas Serkebayev - this was meltingly lovely.’
- ‘No mention is made in the Lemoine edition of the reason for this work's composition as a test piece for the teaching diploma at the Ecole Normale.’
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