Programme Music

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  • Programme music
    • Descriptive, tells a story
    • Popular in the Romantic period (1820-1900)
    • Instrumental- all the imagery comes from the music
    • Composers: Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Richard Strauss
    • The music:
      • It sets the mood or scene- the instruments can be used to imitate other things, eg. birds
      • Real-life sounds are imitated
      • Different characters are represented by different themes. The theme can be varied depending on what is happenng


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