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A sextet (or hexad) is a formation containing exactly six members. It is commonly associated with vocal or musical instrument groups, but can be applied to any situation where six similar or related objects are considered a single unit.
Many musical compositions are named for the number of musicians for which they are written. If a piece is written for six performers, it may be called a "sextet". Steve Reich's "Sextet" is written for six percussionists.
In jazz music a sextet is any group of six players, usually containing a drum set (bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, ride cymbal), string bass or electric bass, piano, and various combinations of the following or other instruments: guitar, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, trombone.
See String sextet
See Piano sextet
Sextets in rock, heavy metal, and hip hop
- The Allman Brothers Band
- Bleeding Through
- Cradle of Filth
- Dark Tranquillity (since 1998)
- Despised Icon
- The Devil Wears Prada
- Dimmu Borgir
- The Doobie Brothers
- Electric Six
- Forever in Terror
- Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
- Guns N' Roses (1990-1998)
- Ill Niño
- Iron Maiden (since 1999)
- Jefferson Airplane
- King Crimson
- King Diamond (since 2003)
- Lacuna Coil
- Leaves' Eyes
- Linkin Park
- Mink DeVille
- Nappy Roots
- Procol Harum
- Pussycat Dolls (2003–2008, 2008-2010 quintet, currently unknown members)
- Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky
- Erno von Dohnanyi
- Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, String Trio, and Piano
- "Sextet - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-webster.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
- "sextet - definition of sextet by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia". Thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
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