absolute music


noun

instrumental music, as a concerto or string quartet, that draws no inspiration from or makes no reference to a text, program, visual image, or title and that exists solely in terms of its musical form, structure, and elements.

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Also called abstract music .
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Origin of absolute music

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for absolute music

absolute music

noun

music that is not designed to depict or evoke any scene or eventCompare programme music
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