absolute music


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absolute music

n.
Instrumental music that is free of any explicit verbal reference or program.

absolute music

n
(Music, other) music that is not designed to depict or evoke any scene or event. Compare programme music

absolute music

, abstract music, pure music - Absolute music (abstract music, pure music) is music for its own sake—concerned only with structure, melody, harmony, and rhythm.
See also related terms for melody.

absolute music

Music free of all reference to anything outside the essential nature of the music. The listener’s attention is not distracted by lyric or association, and can therefore focus entirely on the beauty of the music itself.
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While Bristow benefitted from associations with Wagner, Paine gained attention with his connection to classicists and absolute music.
Former trainer Paul Blockley and Robert Cowell saddled Lady Deauville and Absolute Music to finish second in 2007 and 2009 respectively, with French-trained horses winning 14 of the 15 runnings.
Despite almost 500 scores for film and television, I have also found the time to compose around 100 pieces of absolute music.
Listen to it as absolute music and the rewards are great - certainly if it's played as gloriously as this.
She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and is currently working on a book called A History of Absolute Music.
The reasons for the long road to fame, states Cheek, are twofold: the first is Gustav Mahler's decision to postpone, and eventually cancel, the Vienna premiere; the second is the bitter rivalry in nineteenth century Europe between advocates of absolute music and those who welcomed programmatic aspects.
Here I am partly following Wellmer, who argues that the "latente Intermedialitat der Musik," as the "andere Seite ihres Weltbezugs," is the reason why even absolute music always finds itself in a "potentiellen Verhaltnis wechselseitiger Korrespondenzen, Brechungen, Erhellungen und Erganzungen zu den anderen Medien der Kunst [.
In any case, an ultimate proof of a logically compelling interlocking of structural analysis and extra-musical reading will probably have to come from an engagement with absolute music in order to be fully convincing.
Xperia phones offers an absolute music experience that enables users to track, manage, store or buy downloads.
Just as the discovery of extremophilic bacteria led biologists to revise their opinions about the scope and preconditions of life, the marginal forms of reference that survive in the semantic desert of absolute music should lead philosophers to revise their assumptions greatly about scope and preconditions of vagueness.
First, he argues that absolute music, though it uses no words, does indeed articulate ideas in its relation to its cultural and intellectual context.
The expression theory of absolute music is part and parcel of the narrative theory.