tone poem


tone poet noun

Examples of tone poem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Organ fans will also have opportunities to experience it in an orchestral setting this season, first in October when maestro Gianandrea Noseda leads a performance of Ottorino Respighi’s three beloved Roman tone poems, two of which prominently feature pipe organ. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 1 July 2023 Sibelius’ tone poem evokes a legend from the Finnish national epic The Kalevala. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2023 The film, directed by Tim Sutton, is a sort of cinematic tone poem in which the music is somewhere out there, in the sounds of speaking voices and preachers’ invocations and gospel choirs, train whistles and traffic and machine noises, jukeboxes and car radios, birdsong and the wind in the trees. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 But what could have been written off as juvenilia took on new life as a tone poem and gave us one of the greatest English horn solos in the repertoire. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 17 Feb. 2023 The ceremony included a tone poem about the dehumanization of slavery and a performance by Balla Kouyaté, a balafon player from Mali., 29 Aug. 2021 Puccini was Sulkowska-Migon’s composer: his early Preludio Sinfonico, a dramatic tone poem, and excerpts from Tosca. Dallas News, 30 Jan. 2023 The tone poem is one of those forms that can be fudged and smudged a bit. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2022 It's widely considered one of his greatest compositions, sometimes described as a tone poem. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tone poem was in 1902

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“Tone poem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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