Definition of absolute music in English:

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absolute music


Instrumental music composed purely as music, and not intended to represent or illustrate something else. Compare with program music.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, throughout her life Beach never wavered from her deep belief in absolute music as a force for moral redemption - however anachronistic this would come to appear in the more disturbed decades after the First World War.
  • As Chua advances into the nineteenth century, the paradoxes and ambiguities concerning the nature of absolute music pile up, to considerable dramatic effect.
  • Some musicologists might argue that the Inventions fall into a category of absolute music.

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Syllabification: ab·so·lute mu·sic

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