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incidental music

music intended primarily to point up or accompany parts of the action of a play or to serve as transitional material between scenes.
Origin of incidental music
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A king and a prince at last in death, with incidental music.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Overture and incidental music to "Egmont;" composed 1809-10.

  • "It is the incidental music of a little play called Villon by Alfred Calmour," she said.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • She says just enough, in a way to convince, and there is no incidental music by the orchestra.

    Rolling Stones O. Henry
  • incidental music to the tragedy Hamlet, for Guitrys benefit.

  • To put forward a more positive proof of his acquirements in this art, he composed the incidental music of his own dramas.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • At any rate, for the rest of his life, Purcell wrote nothing for the theatre but incidental music.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • Grieg's most widely known compositions are four of the pieces of incidental music which he wrote to Ibsen's drama "Peer Gynt."

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • What has been said of scenery may be applied also to the use of incidental music.

    The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
  • No doubt the Fiend Alcohol who provided the incidental music at the head of his orchestra was smiling.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for incidental music

incidental music

background music for a film, television programme, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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