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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
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 (seemelodrama). Film and television music is sometimes considered incidental music.