Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a term somewhat loosely applied to an instrumental composition in which is expressed such a train of sentiments or images as might be or are contained in a poem. Compare symphonic poem.
“This tone-poem quality is what makes him, in Auguin's view, a great opera composer -- his ability to translate the decadence of Wilde's language into musical terms, or to set a scene in a few brief moments, as he does at the very beginning of the opera.”
“The tone-poem parts are pretty wonderful too, thanks to Newton Thomas Sigel's cinematography, which is gorgeous even when the camera is only surveying flat surfaces; to the sound track, which ranges from ecstatic harmonies to overmodulations that sound like a car's harsh exhaust note, and to the director's fondness for enchanted, attenuated encounters, as in the moments, which go from slo-mo to no-mo, when The Driver and Irene first meet.”
“I suddenly realized that the speeches of this rally were the direct opposite of that tone-poem of lies in the annual Chase report.”
“He does everything from the traditional Balkan and Gypsy music of Luminescent to circus composing to funky tone-poem work on found objects and toy instruments - for which he's written a large part of his oeuvre.”
“Again, so many quick trailers in a row reaked of desperation from Warner Bros, and it quickly became apparent that the studio was trying to hide what the film really was, a narratively-confused tone-poem that delivered neither high-flying thrills, realistic psychology, or any sense of grand importance to justify its existence.”
“They mix strong originals with classics like Morricone's Cinema Paradiso, Stanko's Balladyna (reworked as a purple-hued tone-poem of dark basslines and stealthy low-end piano figures) and Carla Bley's King Korn (delivered in bursts over rhythmic surges, turning to racing swing scattered with improv abstractions).”
“That competition is known locally as "Politico," and today, the 2010 contest appears to have been won by Roger Simon, who has penned what, for all intents and purposes, is a tone-poem to pure inanity.”
“The shy, Indiana-born Thornhill had been on the swing and dance-band scene since the 1930s: a pianist, arranger and leader whose self-penned theme-song, "Snowfall," was an ethereal tone-poem in which time almost seemed to stop.”
“Holst's extended tone-poem, The Planets, is one of those pieces that audiophiles just love.”
“Into this subject he grew, slowly, but strongly and with full interest, till by August the tone-poem was nearly done, and the opera well under way: he having worked his six hours a day assiduously.”
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