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What is Chamber Music?

Chamber music is . .

"a form of classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber. The word "chamber" signifies that the music can be performed in a small room, often in a private salon with an intimate atmosphere." *

Here in Scotland, chamber music is often promoted by clubs of music-loving volunteers, who engage ensembles of musicians to play in local venues, varying from school halls and churches to prestigious public buildings. There, the intimate atmosphere created by the small ensemble, the acoustic of the venue and the proximity of the audience encourages ensembles to create a special kind of music.

This is how they describe chamber music at the Lincoln Centre, New York . .

* Wikipedia "Chamber music" accessed 20/12/12

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