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program music

n.
Musical compositions intended to depict or suggest nonmusical incidents, ideas, or images, such as those drawn from literature, as Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, or from works of art.

pro′gram mu`sic


n.
music intended to convey an impression of a definite series of images, scenes, or events.
[1880–85]

program music

1. A type of music, usually instrumental in form, that is intended to evoke a scene, communicate an idea, or tell a story. Typical subjects for program music are poems, extracts from plays, well-known paintings, or particular sections of landscape.
2. A piece depicting elements of a story, scene, or philosophical ideas.
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Noun1.program music - musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
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