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tone poem

noun, Music.
an instrumental composition intended to portray a particular story, scene, mood, etc.
Origin of tone poem
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The question is best answered by showing what a Richard Strauss tone poem is.

  • It is a tone poem which will outlast most other things that Beethoven wrote for this instrument.

  • But modern orchestral music is tending more and more toward the symphonic poem and the tone poem.

  • As the tone poem expanded from this inspiration, he gained still greater impetus from the mere tonic of success.


    Stephen French Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for tone poem

tone poem

another term for symphonic poem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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