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Genre

Genre ( /ˈʒɒnrə/ or /ˈdʒɒnrə/; from French, genre, "kind" or "sort", from Latin: genus (stem gener-), Greek: genos, γένος) is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or entertainment, e.g. music, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.

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Screamo - Characteristics
... The genre is "generally based in the aggressive side of the overarching punk-revival scene." Primary characteristics of the genre are described by Allmusic “ It came to be that the soft/loud ... In addition to melodic transitions from heavy to soft styles, the genre is also characterized "by frequent shifts in tempo and dynamics and by tension-and ...
Café Tacuba - Genre
... Their musical style covers a wide variety of genres, though it is most commonly labeled as Latin Alternative/Rock en Español ...
Nineteenth-century Theatre - Melodrama
... had nearly exclusively narrowed down to a specific genre of salon entertainment more or less rhythmically spoken words (often poetry)—not sung, sometimes more or less enacted, at least with some dramatic ... It was looked down on as a genre for authors and composers of lesser stature (probably also the reason why virtually no realisations of the genre are still remembered) ...
Organ Symphony
... It is a symphonic genre, not so much in musical form (in which it is more similar to the organ sonata or suite), but in imitating orchestral tone color, texture, and symphonic process ... very first organ symphony was written by German composer Wilhelm Valentin Volckmar in 1867, the genre is mainly associated with French romanticism ... and his pupil Louis Vierne, who wrote six, continued to cultivate the genre ...
Genre - Literature
... In literature, genre has been known as an intangible taxonomy ... forever.The earliest recorded systems of genre in Western history can be traced back to Plato and Aristotle ... theorist and author of The Architext, describes Plato as creating three imitational genres dramatic dialogue, pure narrative and epic (a mixture of dialogue and narrative) ...

More definitions of "genre":

  • (noun): A class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique.
  • (noun): A kind of literary or artistic work.

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    We ignore thriller writers at our peril. Their genre is the political condition. They massage our dreams and magnify our nightmares. If it is true that we always need enemies, then we will always need writers of fiction to encode our fears and fantasies.
    Daniel Easterman (b. 1949)