tone poem


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tone poet noun

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "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,, "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 Even beyond this design, Strauss’ tone poem provides a startling range of color, from swirling strings passagework to punctuating brass exhortations to shattering climaxes for the entire ensemble. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Conductor David Afkham at his best in Brahms," 25 Oct. 2019 Some of the a la carte dishes also appear on the kaiseki menu ($156), a 10-course tone poem with a semi-traditional progression and ever-changing ingredients. Globe Staff,, "At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course," 18 June 2019

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2020

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“Tone poem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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