absolute music

ab·so·lute mu·sic
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh-loot, ab-suh-loot myoo-zik]
    • /ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut ˈmyu zɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh-loot, ab-suh-loot myoo-zik]
    • /ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut ˈmyu zɪk/

Definitions of absolute music words

  • noun absolute music music that is not designed to depict or evoke any scene or event 3
  • noun absolute music music that does not seek to suggest a story, scene, etc. but is concerned purely with tone, structure, etc. 3
  • noun absolute music instrumental music, as a concerto or string quartet, that draws no inspiration from or makes no reference to a text, program, visual image, or title and that exists solely in terms of its musical form, structure, and elements. 1
  • noun absolute music Instrumental music having an intellectual and affective content, which depends solely on its rhythmic, melodic, and contrapuntal structure. 0

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Origin of absolute music

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90

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absolute music popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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