Definition of incidental music in English:

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incidental music

Pronunciation: /ˈˌinsəˈˌden(t)l ˈmyo͞ozik/


Music used in a film or play as a background to create or enhance a particular atmosphere.
Example sentences
  • During that time he wrote nine opéras comiques and incidental music to Racine's tragedy Athalie.
  • People remembered title music, but incidental music that was used four, five times a year?
  • Like many soundtracks, this one melds incidental music (music that occurs in the background while something is happening), pop songs, and dialogue from the film to give us a good picture of what the movie is like.

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Syllabification: in·ci·den·tal mu·sic

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