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symphonic poem

noun, Music.
a form of tone poem, scored for a symphony orchestra, in which a literary or pictorial “plot” is treated with considerable program detail: originated by Franz Liszt in the mid-19th century and developed especially by Richard Strauss.
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First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The symphonic poem, "Edris," was also 380 performed by the Thomas Orchestra.

  • The 242 modern writer does much better with the symphonic poem.

  • One of these is the symphonic poem, and the other the programme overture.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • I want to introduce this into the ballet and the symphonic poem.

  • That the symphonic poem was secretly antipathetic to Wagner is the bald truth.

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  • The Epilogue to the Tasso symphonic poem was written many years afterward.

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  • The symphonic poem was played here at a Symphony Concert on January 26, 1889.

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  • It appears that others wished to tinker the score of this symphonic poem.

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  • Aren't you interested in the news about your symphonic poem?

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • He also composed in 1883 a symphonic poem on the Penthesilea of his friend Kleist.

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British Dictionary definitions for symphonic poem

symphonic poem

(music) an extended orchestral composition, originated by Liszt, based on nonmusical material, such as a work of literature or folk tale Also called tone poem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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