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incidental music

noun
1.
music intended primarily to point up or accompany parts of the action of a play or to serve as transitional material between scenes.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • If incidental music or sound effects are used, final product must be reviewed closely and thoroughly.
  • Others include written stage directions or instructions for scenery, costuming, and incidental music.
  • Special incidental music was provided on a mechanical orchestral player.
British Dictionary definitions for incidental music

incidental music

noun
1.
background music for a film, television programme, etc
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Encyclopedia Article for incidental music

music written to accompany or point up the action or mood of a dramatic performance on stage, film, radio, television, or recording; to serve as a transition between parts of the action; or to introduce or close the performance. Because it is written to enhance a nonmusical medium, most incidental music makes little impression on public taste. But some incidental music survives in its own right. Significant examples of such lasting work are Ludwig van Beethoven's music for J.W. von Goethe's Egmont (1810), Felix Mendelssohn's music for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Georges Bizet's L'Arlesienne suite for Alphonse Daudet's play, and Edvard Grieg's incidental music for Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt.

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