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program music

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noun
  1. music intended to convey an impression of a definite series of images, scenes, or events.
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Origin of program music

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples

  • It stands one of the masterpieces of program-music, in equal balance of pure beauty with the graphic plan.

    Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies

    Philip H. Goepp

  • Yet it must be yielded that Liszt's program-music was of the higher kind that dwells in symbols rather than in concrete details.