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An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. The word "song" is widely misused by people in the popular music industry to describe any musical composition, whether sung or played only by instruments."The music is primarily or exclusively produced by musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer (especially in cases where the composer himself will perform the piece, as in the case of a blues solo guitarist or a folk music fiddle player); as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in size from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.
Her silver voice
Is the rich music of a summer bird,
Heard in the still night, with its passionate cadence.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Spirit of Poetry, line 55.
Vox nihil aliud quam ictus aer.
The voice is nothing but beaten air.
And rolling far along the gloomy shores
The voice of days of old and days to be.
Alfred Tennyson, The Passing of Arthur.
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