music drama

noun

Definition of music drama

: an opera in which the action is not interrupted by formal song divisions (such as recitatives or arias) and the music is determined solely by dramatic appropriateness

Examples of music drama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht wrote the song for their 1928 German music drama Threepenny Opera. Paul Grein, Billboard, 29 Mar. 2021 Modern sitcoms can get so painfully serious, moving with self-conscious artfulness from laughs into mood-music drama. Darren Franich, EW.com, 19 Mar. 2021 The music drama ended its impressive run in April 2020, with the final season announced following the months-long 2019 controversy involving star Jussie Smollett. Glamour, 9 July 2020 The hit Fox music drama was supposed to have five more episodes to go in its final season, but like nearly every TV series and film, production was shut down due to the coronavirus breakout. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2020 Fox music drama Empire returned on Wednesday night (March 13) from a mid-season hiatus with the usual compliment of plot twists, heated arguments, snitches dangled from windows and palace intrigue swirling around the Lyon family. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2019 The duo recently announced their expansion into television and will executive produce a music drama in development at Freeform. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, 11 Dec. 2019 These musicians interweave themselves in the stage action of a play that behaves more like a musical — or music drama, to be more precise. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, 11 June 2019 Yet by coincidence, not one but two new music dramas about major 20th-century thinkers — two German-Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis — have their premieres in Germany this season. New York Times, 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of music drama

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Music drama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/music%20drama. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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