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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 work reveals Schoenberg striving to emulate Strauss in the field of the symphonic poem; striving, however, in vain.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • The symphonic poem, "Edris," was also 380 performed by the Thomas Orchestra.

  • Ten days ago I finished a symphonic poem:—a thing I've been working on for months.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • 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.

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

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • He will always be remembered as the creator of orchestral piano-playing and of the symphonic poem.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • From programme music came the symphonic poem of which Franz Liszt was the creator.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • He also composed in 1883 a symphonic poem on the Penthesilea of his friend Kleist.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • Franz Liszt was the inventor of the symphonic poem, and is included in this catalogue chiefly for that reason.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
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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