Definition of repertoire in English:



  • 1A stock of plays, dances, or pieces that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform.

    • ‘These works have subsequently become the most widely performed and appreciated in the Boyce repertoire.’
    • ‘It calls, in part, for the addition of a different full-length ballet to the repertoire every other spring.’
    • ‘It has developed its own repertoire of liturgical dances and works dedicated to community needs.’
    • ‘But if one had to choose a single ballet from the classical repertoire as the best example of its kind, it might have to be The Sleeping Beauty.’
    • ‘The tour repertoire, not finalized at press time, is expected to include Giselle and Coppelia.’
    • ‘New dance pieces were added to the existing repertoire and soon Kuchipudi gained popularity.’
    • ‘Collaborations between dance and musical companies broaden audiences and enrich repertoire.’
    • ‘During the week, they learn from the Limon repertoire, as well as selections from our current repertoire of other choreographers.’
    • ‘Tomasson had created the lead role, but the work quickly disappeared from the repertoire because Robbins remained dissatisfied, despite repeated tinkering.’
    • ‘You can't fossilize a dance repertoire, but you can pickle it in a love that maintains its ongoing existence.’
    • ‘This highly respected modern troupe danced an art-conscious repertoire in Chicago and during a Midwestern tour.’
    • ‘Asked about roles that he would like to dance, he highlighted the MacMillan repertoire.’
    • ‘His repertoire will include songs by Allen, of course, as well as other hits from the '80s.’
    • ‘He accompanied one of the dances, and his repertoire of bagpipe tunes is extensive.’
    • ‘I hoped they would conclude that a true musician is one who performs at a high level of musicianship regardless of the repertoire's difficulty.’
    • ‘As director he is besieged by the conflicting demands of his tours, his home repertoire and his guests.’
    • ‘Will the classical ballets remain in the repertoire?’
    • ‘Then there are the village folk or the agrarian community have their own repertoire of dances for every occasion.’
    • ‘But to a dance aficionado, the repertoire presented by the popular troupe is inconsistent.’
    • ‘These would simultaneously raise the caliber of its repertoire and extend the range of its dancers beyond the loveliness that, in art, is simply not enough.’
    collection, stock, range, repertory
    reserve, store, repository, supply, stockpile
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    1. 1.1The whole body of items that are regularly performed.
      ‘the mainstream concert repertoire’
      • ‘Released on two LPs, these discs were instant classics, establishing Bartok at the heart of concerto repertoire.’
      • ‘Since much of the Vivaldi repertoire is concerti, I wondered at first how this one-on-a-part ethos would affect the shaping of contrasts between soloists and ripieno.’
      • ‘The solution to the problem is that Corelli's Concerti Grossi are central to the string repertoire but not so much the sonatas.’
      • ‘Still, for unmitigated black-hearted villainy, forget Swan Lake and consider the contemporary dance repertoire.’
      • ‘The course covers a wide range of repertoire, including mainstream orchestral and concerto repertoire, as well as more contemporary music.’
      • ‘The program included several other excerpts from the classical Balinese dance repertoire.’
      • ‘His once popular symphonies and concertos have disappeared from the repertoire.’
      • ‘I gently woke my neighbor and listened myself with a concentration not usual for me when attending chamber concerts with late Classical or early Romantic repertoire.’
      • ‘The choreographer dreams of transforming her company into the Brooklyn Ballet, a troupe that could perform great works from the twentieth-century ballet and modern repertoires.’
      • ‘Once in New York, Baryshnikov journeyed through the American modern dance repertoire, becoming ever more daring in his choices.’
      • ‘This is surely a work that deserves better exposure in the concerto repertoire.’
      • ‘Born in Australia, Young first came to prominence in Germany and is familiar in the UK to audiences at Covent Garden, where her interpretations of the mainstream repertoire have been variable.’
      • ‘For others who missed it first time round, this is an ideal opportunity to claim an important addition to the concerto repertoire.’
      • ‘His recordings of the basic repertoire, both solo works and concertos, polarized record-buyers.’
      • ‘Nakamura is equally at home in adagio roles in the classical repertoire.’
      • ‘For five weeks they explore the riches of the chamber music repertoire and present more than 30 public concerts.’
      • ‘By the beginning of the twentieth century, it was for many in Britain the only access to what is now mainstream orchestral repertoire.’
      • ‘Yes, they play the standard trio repertoire; in fact, the Beethoven Triple Concerto has become a signature piece for the Trio.’
      • ‘How does one begin to approach teaching these pianistic pillars upon which the entire body of piano repertoire is built?’
      • ‘By age 19, she had begun concertizing in Prague, performing the standard repertoire, as well as Schoenberg and Busoni.’
    2. 1.2A stock of skills or types of behavior that a person habitually uses.
      ‘his repertoire of threats, stares, and denigratory gestures’
      • ‘The analysis will now turn to aspects of company recruitment, training practices and skill repertoires for managerial and technical/engineering groups in an attempt to assess the direction of the new enterprises.’
      • ‘Yet there is a crucial difference between his works and those of Pollock, who used the same repertoire of gestures from the start of a painting to its finish.’
      • ‘Can we itemize a repertoire of actorly gestures that are cinematically specific, can we describe the semantic content of each, the affect attached, the effect produced?’
      • ‘Few actors carry with them such a clear, familiar repertoire of gestures, movements, ways of speaking, declaiming.’
      • ‘Thus, teachers need to have a repertoire of skills for responding to such writing and an approach to pedagogical theory that takes this reality into account.’
      • ‘Goffman successfully shows that all members of society employ complex repertoires of interaction skills to control and sustain ongoing social relations.’
      • ‘There will be a focus on training practices, skill repertoires and recruitment for managerial, technical and engineering groups.’
      • ‘Where there are potential behavioral differences, we do not require constitutive rules in the causal repertoire to explain the behavior we observe.’
      • ‘Sociobiologists such as Edward Wilson actually propose that genes help to determine the repertoire of behavioral possibilities and other factors do the deciding.’


Mid 19th century: from French répertoire, from late Latin repertorium (see repertory).