music intended to convey an impression of a definite series of images, scenes, or events.
- Compare absolute music.
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How to use program music in a sentence
See the detailed program by the composer himself, cited in Nieck's program music.Music: An Art and a Language | Walter Raymond Spalding
But now they were playing their star number, a dramatic piece of program music called "A Day on the Battlefield."The Wishing Moon | Louise Elizabeth Dutton
It stands one of the masterpieces of program-music, in equal balance of pure beauty with the graphic plan.
Yet it must be yielded that Liszt's program-music was of the higher kind that dwells in symbols rather than in concrete details.
Few pieces of program music are so closely associated with the subject as this tone picture of the Devil's Round.