American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music composed to accompany the action or dialogue of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes or acts.
- n. music composed to accompany the action of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes
“Ries also records a humourous scandal of an occasion when he found Beethoven flirting desperately with a fair unknown; Ries sat down at the piano and improvised incidental music to Beethoven's directions ” “amoroso,” “a malinconico” and the like.”
“He composed several masses and other church music; a “Stabat Mater” with orchestra; the oratorio of “Tobie”; “Gallia,” a lamentation for France; incidental music for Legouve's tragedy of “Les Deux Reines,” and for Jules Barbier's “Jeanne d'Arc”; a large number of songs and romances, both sacred and secular, such as “Nazareth,” and “There is a Green Hill”; and orchestral works, a “Salterello in A,” and the “Funeral March of a Marionette.””
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