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As a musical style, Cabaret refers to two different aspects of music. The "nightclubs" were initially opened to provide a place for painters, writers, musicians, and other artists to gather, talk, perform, and experiment. The key to understanding cabaret as a style is that the music was all experimental. Avant-garde styles, which were often reactions to (or against) current trends and conventions, were formulated in the cabarets. Other styles include the music that was performed in the cabarets when these clubs received their repute for being associated with vice. Cabaret music was considered bawdy, vampish, rhythmic, and often lewd, with numerous lyrical double entendres. Melodic lines could be smooth and soft when that form of stimulation was wanted from (and for) the audience, but most of the time lines were memorable -- filled with motions and extended interval leaps. There were few soft curves to these musical phrases. Cabaret music was intended as an energized form of entertainment.