incidental music

noun

Definition of incidental music 

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

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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 The cast is mostly young, and the actors themselves perform Palmer Hefferan’s incidental music in a cheerfully rough-and-ready manner. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: Silly Succor for Modern Malaise," 20 July 2017 The mature Mendelssohn 16 years later added about 45 minutes of incidental music to go with Shakespeare’s play. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Shakespeare in Disney Hall: An L.A. Phil 'Dream' deferred," 3 Nov. 2017 So do Clint Ramos’s comic-book modern-dress costumes and Justin Levine’s Otis Day and the Knights-style R&B incidental music, played by a dance-till-you-drop six-piece band stationed in a treehouse in a corner of the magic wood. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Review: Nine Parts Com, One Part Rom," 3 Aug. 2017 In 2016, the CSO turned to the incidental music that Gabriel Fauré wrote for the play’s English premiere. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Bringing projections and visual impact 'Pelléas et Mélisande' by CSO, Cincinnati Opera," 12 Oct. 2017

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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