absolute music
(AB-soe-loot MYOO-zik)


[Eng.]


Music that has no literary, dramatic, or pictorial program; also, pure music; music expressively self-sufficient and intelligible without the aid of a text or a program.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Absolute music:
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in d minor, Op. 66, Mvt. I
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 29

Absolute music, Classical:
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat major, K. 364, I (conclusion, orchestra exposition)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 4
Beethoven: Serenade in D major, Op. 8
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 28
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 32

Absolute music, Romantic:
Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (Razumovsky)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 23
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 7
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, Op. 163
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 32

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