tone poem

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Recent Examples on the Web Adapting structural innovations from Liszt’s then-recent B minor Piano Sonata, Reubke’s organ sonata is a Lisztian tone poem dramatizing the psalm’s verses. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Mighty sounds from Todd Wilson and the Meyerson Symphony Center’s Fisk organ," 23 Nov. 2020 From the muted, mysterious opening of the longer Aida Sinfonia — itself a veritable tone poem of conflicting scenes and emotions — to great scurries of strings and explosions of brass, Luisi had the orchestra on high alert. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fabio Luisi demonstrates his operatic credentials with star singers and the Dallas Symphony," 30 Oct. 2020 At the time of its original release, Wenders was highly regarded for his 1984 film Paris, Texas and 1987’s Wings of Desire, both thoughtful, artistic tone poems. Eric Adams, Wired, "This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times," 21 Apr. 2020 Writer-director Conor McPherson dodges the clichés of the jukebox musical with this piercing tone poem set in Minnesota during the Great Depression and soulfully annotated with the songs of Bob Dylan. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Virginia Woolf' to Bob Dylan: 7 Highly Anticipated Spring Broadway Shows," 27 Feb. 2020 Based on a ballad by Goethe, the tone poem tells the story of a budding magician who bewitches a broom to do his chores. Jessica Rudman, courant.com, "Review: Guest conductor, teen prodigy pianist shine in HSO’s ‘Chopin and Franck’ program," 7 Dec. 2019 Tchaikovsky’s tone poem evokes Dante’s tale of the adulterous Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta, doomed to spin around in the winds of hell. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Guest conductor Jader Bignamini pumps up the Dallas Symphony with lots of decibels," 17 Jan. 2020 This was a contemporary tone poem in which acoustic and electronic sounds intermingled, Yeh somehow riding herd on it all. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO’s MusicNOW review: Welcome new sounds from Eliza Brown and Wang Lu," 8 Oct. 2019 Rather, the film is a mood piece, a moment in time with Umar, and a tone poem, underscored by a few recording sessions of Umar performing his spoken word poetry. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Scared of Revolution’s’ profile of the Last Poets’ Umar Bin Hassan emphasizes mood," 3 Oct. 2019

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Tone poem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tone%20poem. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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