incidental music


Definition of incidental music

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

Examples of incidental music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Much Ado About Nothing Suite (1920), adapted from incidental music Korngold wrote for the Shakespeare comedy, reveals his penchant for lyrical melodies and energetic rhythms. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 Another rule is that there should be no incidental music or traditional score. Jamie Lang, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 In recent decades, the laugh track has become unfashionable, while incidental music remains essential to TV and film. Marc Myers, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 Soon, Bob Mothersbaugh was enlisted to compose the show’s incidental music and score. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2021 This brief and somewhat more brooding work, conceived as incidental music for a play, again sees Smith in prime lyrical mode, masterfully articulating a poignant mythical scene. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021 Although the medium of incidental music largely disappeared by the first third of the 20th century, preludes, interludes and dances — even background music — accompanied spoken plays as far back as ancient Greece. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 20 Feb. 2021 The incidental music, by local band the North Country, reinstates some of the emotion that the arch directing strips away. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 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,, 26 Oct. 2019

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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 4 Dec. 2021.

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