Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.
To unite or join, as in affection, harmony, company, marriage, etc.; to associate.
A small group of musicians playing Renaissance or baroque instruments which all belong to the same family, such as recorders.
A small ensemble for playing and/or singing music composed before c1700, or adjective describing the music (usually with parts for viols and solo voices).
a family of similar musical instrument playing together
two to eight musicians
Renaissance chamber group.
Indicates a group of like instruments; the music written for it.
From the Italian, concerto] A name used before 1700 for small instrumental ensembles. Sometimes the word is used to describe ensembles of solo voices with or without instruments. The word also is applied to the music composed for such groups. In England until about 1610, the term initially was used to describe ensembles made up of unlike instruments, often flute or recorder, violin or treble viol, bass viol, lute, bandora, and cittern (an ensemble now sometimes called "English Consort"). [TKR; GJC
(kahn´-sort). A term used in the Renaissance period for a small instrumental ensemble. A consort is said to be "whole" (for example, a chest of viols or a nest of recorders) or "broken" (an ensemble with contrasting instruments).
A 17th-century term for instrumental chamber ensembles and for the compositions written for these ensembles.