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noun
an opera having more or less continuous musical and dramatic activity without arias, recitatives, or ensembles.
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Origin of music drama

First recorded in 1875–80
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music drama

noun
an opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are of equal importance and strongly interfused
the genre of such operas

Word Origin for music drama

C19: translation of German Musikdrama, coined by Wagner to describe his later operas
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