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Related to music drama: Wagnerian
An opera that avoids discrete numbers such as arias, recitatives, or ensembles, and in which the music reflects or embodies the action of the drama.
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1. (Music, other) an opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are of equal importance and strongly interfused
2. (Music, other) the genre of such operas
[C19: translation of German Musikdrama, coined by Wagner to describe his later operas]
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an opera having largely continuous musical and dramatic activity without arias, recitatives, or ensembles.
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