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tone poem

noun, Music.
an instrumental composition intended to portray a particular story, scene, mood, etc.
Origin of tone poem
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In a concert-hall the poetic idea of the tone-poem was petty.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • The orchestra played their tone-poem faultlessly as to notes.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • The opening moderato e cantabile is a tone-poem of touching pathos.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • The plan of the tone-poem that gradually unfolds is one of the clearest.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • And there are phrases in his tone-poem that commence with all his proper rhythmic ardor and then suddenly degenerate.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • The music to this sentiment is a tone-poem well worthy of the text.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • It is perhaps a logical conclusion to the work, if we regard the whole as a sort of tone-poem on life.

  • It was the 2d of February before the Ophelia tone-poem lay before him finished, polished to the last point of perfection.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • Like that of the hero of his tone-poem, his life is a long journey toward Finland.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • Perhaps he thought it meant sonority or something of the kind; or he connected it with that lovely phrase "tone-poem."

British Dictionary definitions for tone-poem

tone poem

another term for symphonic poem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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