program music


Definition of program music

: music intended to suggest a sequence of images or incidents

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Recent Examples on the Web The 21-year-old's concerts mix programmed music with his skilled keyboard performance, and watching him churn out complicated and speedy refrains and chords onstage is like watching Louis Cole's drumming, only on keyboards instead. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Next-Gen J-Pop Acts: From Jazz to Hip-Hop, Who to Keep an Eye On," 7 Feb. 2020 Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and the Narashino High School brass band appeared together on the popular music program Music Station on Nov. 8 and performed the track live on TV for the first time. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Watch Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Collab with High School Brass Band on New Single," 14 Nov. 2019 Which just goes to show that the computer doesn't always know how to program music. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Considering YouTube Music? Here's what to expect from this Spotify rival," 19 June 2018 Completed in the early 1700s, the piece is a celebrated example of program music, or instrumentals involving a narrative element. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "Mercury presents a modern fairy tale of four seasons," 13 June 2018 Although the Philharmonic has programmed music by Ms. Thorvaldsdottir, 40, in the past, this is her first commission for the orchestra, the result of winning its Kravis Emerging Composer award in 2015. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The New York Philharmonic Channels the Chaos of the Cosmos," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of program music

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Program music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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