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symphonic poem,

type of orchestral composition created by Liszt, also called tone poem. Discarding classical principles of form, it begins with a poetic or other literary inspiration. Although it is usually considered program musicprogram music
Instrumental music of the 19th and 20th cent. that endeavors to arouse mental pictures or ideas in the thoughts of the listener—to tell a story, depict a scene, or impel a mood.
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, no literal following of a program was intended by Liszt. His Tasso (1849) and Hamlet (1876) are compositions of this sort. Although the symphonic poem better expressed the spirit of romanticism than did the symphony, it did not supersede the symphony; many composers, e.g., Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Franck, and Dvořák, wrote in both forms. In the symphonic poems of Smetana and Sibelius an element of nationalism is added. Influenced by Alexander Ritter's tone poems, Richard Strauss, in, for example, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (1895), carried the programmatic possibilities to an extreme of realism, in contrast to the impressionistic tone poems of Debussy, such as Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faune (1894), which are closer to the Lisztian concept.
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Since it was originally conceived as a separate work, the overture will also be published in the forthcoming volume of concert overtures in series l.
The closing piece was Elgar's depiction of Italy, the concert overture In the South, so we covered the entire continent from tip to toe, but both the Sibelius and the Elgar featured remarkable similar levels of melodic and orchestral inventiveness, fully realised by the Hall.
Yet this was a comparative rarity, Grieg's youthful concert overture In Autumn, finely constructed, full of fleeting nostalgia, and with some hint of the composer's wonderful Symphonic Dances.
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Saturday's premieres are Concert Overture, the symphonic poem Macbeth and Threnody on the Death of Gilbert Vinter (the much-loved conductor of the BBC Midland Light Orchestra and composer of many effective works, including for brass).