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Meaning of absolute music

ab'solute mu'sic

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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. Also calledCf. program music.
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