incidental music


incidental music

noun

Definition of INCIDENTAL MUSIC

:  descriptive music played during a play to project a mood or to accompany stage action

First Known Use of INCIDENTAL MUSIC

1864

incidental music

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Music composed to accompany a play. The practice dates back to ritualistic Greek drama, and it is thus connected to the use of music in other kinds of ritual. Sometimes limited to the role of introduction or interlude (setting a mood or a historical period, for example), it may also accompany spoken dialogue (see melodrama). Film and television music is sometimes considered incidental music.

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