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symbolist movement

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(usually capital) a movement beginning in French and Belgian poetry towards the end of the 19th century with the verse of Mallarmé, Valéry, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Maeterlinck, and others, and seeking to express states of mind rather than objective reality by making use of the power of words and images to suggest as well as denote
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  • No musician, not Debussy even, was better prepared for bringing the symbolist movement into music.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • To a limited extent, of course, he has succeeded in fixing the color of the symbolist movement in music.

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