Programme music
Programme Pro"gramme, n. [L. programma a public proclamation, manifesto, Gr. ?, fr. ? to write before or in public; ? before, forth + ? to write; cf. F. programme. See {Graphic}.] That which is written or printed as a public notice or advertisement; a scheme; a prospectus; especially, a brief outline or explanation of the order to be pursued, or the subjects embraced, in any public exercise, performance, or entertainment; a preliminary sketch. [1913 Webster]

{Programme music} (Mus.), descriptive instrumental music which requires an argument or programme to explain the meaning of its several movements. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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