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music drama

an opera having more or less continuous musical and dramatic activity without arias, recitatives, or ensembles.
Compare number opera.
Origin of music drama
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for music drama
Historical Examples
  • The music drama developed but the singer was held in his place.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • What Claude Debussy has done with this meeting in his music drama Paris knows.


    James Huneker
  • I wanted to write a music drama on Macbeth as he had suggested.

    My Austrian Love

    Maxime Provost
  • You cannot substitute the music drama for all the arts combined.

    Idle Ideas in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome
  • At the time this music drama was produced its intervals were considered in the guise of unrelated notes.

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
  • He also elaborated the scene between Tannhuser and Venus, after this ballet, according to his later conceptions of music drama.

  • Here we find-469- the Wagnerian theory of the music drama working in its fullest freedom and completeness.

British Dictionary definitions for music drama

music drama

an opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are of equal importance and strongly interfused
the genre of such operas
Word Origin
C19: translation of German Musikdrama, coined by Wagner to describe his later operas
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