Definition of dead march in English:

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dead march

noun

A slow, solemn piece of music suitable to accompany a funeral procession.
Example sentences
  • ‘Kriegers Ahnung’ opens with a pianistic evocation of a dead march and effortlessly, seamlessly changes color throughout the song's many shifts of mood.
  • They strutted and swaggered in Creole style, played the hottest of jazz and slowed to a dead march as the tempo changed.
  • When Shostakovich trots out a limp waltz or a dead march, you don't have to scrape very far beneath the surface to realise that it is intended as a poke in the eye for Stalin or one of his cultural apparatchiks.

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Syllabification: dead march

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