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absolute music

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noun
  1. instrumental music, as a concerto or string quartet, that draws no inspiration from or makes no reference to a text, program, visual image, or title and that exists solely in terms of its musical form, structure, and elements.
Compare program music.

Origin of absolute music

First recorded in 1885–90
Also called abstract music.
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British Dictionary definitions for absolute music

absolute music

noun
  1. music that is not designed to depict or evoke any scene or eventCompare programme music
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