- Absolute music (sometimes abstract music) is a term used to describe music that is not explicitly "about" anything, non-representational or non-objective. In contrast with program music, absolute music has no words and no references to stories or images or any other kind of extramusical idea.
- Music that is free of any explicit connection with words or specific meaning.
- Is born of the delight in combining musical tones, being a product of the musical faculty only.
- Music without associations outside of itself, in contrast to program music. eg, Bach's fugues.
- Abstract and 'pure' music, not depicting some external, literary idea.
- Music that makes no intentional reference to a non-musical source, such as a literary work, visual image, historical event, etc. The term was coined in the Romantic Period to make a distinction between "pure" music and program music (music that tells a story). ...
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