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symphonic poem

noun, Music.
a form of tone poem, scored for a symphony orchestra, in which a literary or pictorial “plot” is treated with considerable program detail: originated by Franz Liszt in the mid-19th century and developed especially by Richard Strauss.
Origin of symphonic poem
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He spoke vaguely to me of studies for new symphonic works, presumably in the symphonic-poem form of Liszt.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for symphonic-poem

symphonic poem

(music) an extended orchestral composition, originated by Liszt, based on nonmusical material, such as a work of literature or folk tale Also called tone poem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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