What Does Opus Mean?


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Arlene Fernandes Profile
An opus is a noun that refers to a creative work, particularly a musical composition that is numbered to specify the order of a given composer's works. Opera is the plural of the term opus.
Simply put, it is a Latin word meaning work. It may be employed in varied fields, particularly in music and architecture. In architecture, it is specifically used to describe a particular technique, style or method of connecting elements of a building, following the studies based on Roman architecture. Some common Roman building styles include Opus incertum; Opus caementicium; Opus siliceum; Opus mixtum; and Opus alexandrinum.
In fine art on the other hand, opus could be the formal name or even the nickname of a piece of art. A related term is Magnum opus (also known as Opus magnum) which is used to describe the achievement of an artist, author, or composer that is the best, most renowned or most popular.
Lakshmipriya Nair Profile
Opus can be described as a musical composition. It is written in four movements. Opus is the singular form of "opera" and is a Latin term. Opus is the Latin for work. Thus it is a single work or composition. Thus magnum opus is another word that is connected to this word and it means a great piece of work by an author, artist or composer.

Most of the times the best work of these people are known as magnum opus. Opus often refers to single composer publication. Opus numbers were introduced in 17th century to identify the works of different composers.

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