tone poem


noun Music.

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

Origin of tone poem

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tone poem

Historical Examples of tone poem

  • The orchestra played their tone-poem faultlessly as to notes.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • The plan of the tone-poem that gradually unfolds is one of the clearest.

    Musical Criticisms

    Arthur Johnstone

  • The music to this sentiment is a tone-poem well worthy of the text.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

  • Like that of the hero of his tone-poem, his life is a long journey toward Finland.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

  • In a concert-hall the poetic idea of the tone-poem was petty.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for tone poem

tone poem


another term for symphonic poem
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