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Meaning of symphonic poem

symphon'ic po'em

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— Music. Music.
  1. a form of tone poem, scored for a symphony orchestra, in which a literary or pictorial “plot” is treated with considerable program detail: originated by Franz Liszt in the mid-19th century and developed esp. by Richard Strauss.
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