program music
(PROE-gram MYOO-zik)


[Eng.]


Compositions with extra-musical content that directs the attention of the listener to a literary or pictoral association. Program music was especially popular in the 19th century.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nocturne
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 10
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite, Op. 46, No. 1, "Ase's Death"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 67
Musorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, "Bydlo"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 12
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux, "Fossiles"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 15

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