incidental music


Definition of incidental music

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The incidental music, by local band the North Country, reinstates some of the emotion that the arch directing strips away. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world," 11 Nov. 2019 He was brought in to play some incidental music, but when such artists as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald -- whose vintage recordings are featured in the movie itself -- became unavailable for the soundtrack release, Connick filledin the gaps. Natalie Weiner,, "To Harry Connick Jr., a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame marks a major life touchdown," 26 Oct. 2019 Allen is a theater composer, a guy who writes everything from incidental music for dramatic presentations to full-fledged musicals. David Lyman,, "Love it. Hate it. We all have strong feelings about 'Cats' the musical. Why is that?," 6 June 2019 Felix Mendelssohn’s overture and incidental music—that seemed to follow him through life. Jennifer Homans, The New York Review of Books, "Jennifer Homans," 17 Jan. 2019 Adding to the lyricism of the film is the dreamy-epic theme music by Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell), while other incidental music sounds tacky and syrupy to Western ears. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 Great incidental music by Matt Orenstein, incidentally. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "The Book of Maggie follows an epic quest to preserve Armageddon," 24 May 2018 Sound mixing is the art of adjusting various tracks — the score, the dialogue, the incidental music, the sound effects, etc. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "All the Oscars Predictions You Need to Win Your Party Pool This Year," 22 Feb. 2018 Yet, even with another 88 handwritten pages of original incidental music, Mr. Lowe was still short. Matt Trueman, New York Times, "‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of incidental music

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Incidental music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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