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absolute music

noun
1.
instrumental music, as a concerto or string quartet, that draws no inspiration from or makes no reference to a text, program, visual image, or title and that exists solely in terms of its musical form, structure, and elements.
Also called abstract music.
Compare program music.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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British Dictionary definitions for absolute music

absolute music

noun
1.
music that is not designed to depict or evoke any scene or event Compare programme music
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