Tone-poem meaning

A piece of music that is based on an extramusical theme, such as a story or nationalistic ideal, and usually consists of a single extended movement for a symphony orchestra.
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(music) A piece of symphonic music which, like a poem, has a narrative or descriptive theme.
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Origin of tone-poem

  • Calque of German Tondichtung (Ton "tone", Dichtung "poem")
    From Wiktionary