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programme music

noun
  1. music that is intended to depict or evoke a scene or ideaCompare absolute music
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  • This statement does not constitute an indictment of programme-music.

    Beauty and the Beast

    Stewart A. McDowall

  • In spite of appearances, Mahler refuses to connect these choral symphonies with programme-music.

    Musicians of To-Day

    Romain Rolland

  • It need scarcely be said that this "programme-music" is innocent either of originality or of instrumental colouring.

  • Kuhnau's attempts at sonata writing were bold, often rugged; and his experiments in programme-music, extraordinary.

  • In a long preface to these Bible stories, the composer refers to the subject of programme-music.