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program music Syllabification: pro·gram mu·sic
Pronunciation: /ˈprōˌɡram ˈmyo͞ozik/

Definition of program music in English:


Music that is intended to evoke images or convey the impression of events. Compare with absolute music.
Example sentences
  • Although Brahms is not associated with program music, his early Ballade in D minor gets its inspiration from the Scottish ballad ‘Edward’ that dives into the underside of the human condition.
  • Antarctica is a very attractive work in its final form but betrays its origins as programme music in that some transitions lack apparent musical logic.
  • We may tentatively agree with him that technically the Passion is a form of programme music for liturgical use, its designative meaning referring specifically to religious events and doctrines.
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