One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for conservatory (sense 1 of the noun)
educational institution, training establishment, centre of learning, seat of learningView synonyms
- ‘Playing an instrument such as the oboe or bassoon as I do, one's initial focus at university or conservatoire was inevitably the brace of chairs available in the Western symphony orchestra.’
- ‘Today was her day off from her relentless study as a graduate student at the conservatoire.’
- ‘Do conservatoires, other musical bodies of repute and teachers as a whole, still justly consider stylistic concept an important part of every young player's curriculum?’
- ‘This contains some swingeing comments on the status of music in our modern society and the methods of musical upbringing in some conservatoires, which exalt mechanical accomplishment above enquiring mindset.’
- ‘I merely asked you why you chose to come to America when you were already attending one of the best conservatoires in the world.’
- ‘Because of the cultural history here, the tradition is to come over and test the water, whereas in Australia a lot of money goes into sport rather than the arts, although there are conservatoires.’
- ‘This isn't the polite concertizing that most modern students learn in their conservatoires.’
- ‘Now, if someone has a millimetre of talent, it seems he's too quickly sent off to the conservatoire.’
- ‘Between them, music schools and conservatoires have 200,000 students.’
- ‘Education was free, and at the schools and conservatoires you could see young age kids, any day of the week enjoying their lessons and playing their musical instruments all over - very naturally, more and more.’
- ‘In the UK, departments of music were set up in new universities, and there was considerable expansion in older universities and conservatoires.’
- ‘This orchestra was a mixed bag of students from the conservatoire and retired musicians.’
- ‘The two sites of the new conservatoire are just half-a-mile apart and it is hoped the merger will create a hotbed of classical talent.’
- ‘But within Italy many of these characters all too often exert any influence they may have on the musical politics of a city, conservatoire or a festival so as to make it very difficult for new voices to emerge.’
- ‘This is the Laban Centre, a new dance conservatoire on the banks of Deptford Creek that's somehow transcended its bleak surroundings to become a national style icon.’
- ‘Having avoided the conventional musical education of the conservatoire, he was able to bypass the normal paths of French music of the 1860s, and to explore a new harmonic idiom and especially a novel way of writing for the piano.’
Late 18th century: French, from Italian conservatorio, from late Latin conservatorium, from conservare ‘to preserve’ (see conserve). Compare with conservatory.
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