- music that is intended to depict or evoke a scene or ideaCompare absolute music
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Examples from the Web for programme music
This statement does not constitute an indictment of programme-music.Beauty and the Beast
Stewart A. McDowall
In spite of appearances, Mahler refuses to connect these choral symphonies with programme-music.Musicians of To-Day
It need scarcely be said that this "programme-music" is innocent either of originality or of instrumental colouring.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Kuhnau's attempts at sonata writing were bold, often rugged; and his experiments in programme-music, extraordinary.
In a long preface to these Bible stories, the composer refers to the subject of programme-music.