tone poem

  1. an instrumental composition intended to portray a particular story, scene, mood, etc.

Origin of tone poem

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby tone poem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use tone poem in a sentence

  • The Allegretti opens with an arabesque tone-poem of somber sweetness, under which strange and varied delights are hidden.

    Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
  • It is perhaps a logical conclusion to the work, if we regard the whole as a sort of tone-poem on life.

  • And there are phrases in his tone-poem that commence with all his proper rhythmic ardor and then suddenly degenerate.

    Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
  • It is a combination of the picturesque, fantastic, and sublime, in a tone-poem dedicated to the dead.

    The Standard Oratorios | George P. Upton
  • The opening moderato e cantabile is a tone-poem of touching pathos.

    The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock

British Dictionary definitions for tone poem

tone poem

  1. another term for symphonic poem

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