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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. 2018.
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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.

  • She says just enough, in a way to convince, and there is no incidental music by the orchestra.

    Rolling Stones

    O. Henry
  • What has been said of scenery may be applied also to the use of incidental music.

    The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • You can play the incidental music for the dramas with that; and you can play the pianner for the curios and the intermissions.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
  • incidental music to the tragedy Hamlet, for Guitrys benefit.

  • Lulli composed also the incidental music for Molière's plays.

British Dictionary definitions for incidental music

incidental music

background music for a film, television programme, etc
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