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symphonic poem

noun

, Music.
  1. a form of tone poem, scored for a symphony orchestra, in which a literary or pictorial “plot” is treated with considerable program detail: originated by Franz Liszt in the mid-19th century and developed especially by Richard Strauss.


symphonic poem

noun

  1. music an extended orchestral composition, originated by Liszt, based on nonmusical material, such as a work of literature or folk tale Also calledtone poem


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Word History and Origins

Origin of symphonic poem1

First recorded in 1860–65

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Example Sentences

Would it be possible to perform my new symphonic poem, Francesca da Rimini, instead?

I may as well tell you that since I have returned home I have begun writing a symphonic poem.

I want to introduce this into the ballet and the symphonic poem.

Indeed, Strauss has done for the symphonic poem something of what Wagner did for the opera.

The work reveals Schoenberg striving to emulate Strauss in the field of the symphonic poem; striving, however, in vain.

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