I doubt that 90 of music is programmatic. Definition of program music.
Programmatic music is intended to convey an impression beyond itself like a picture or some event like a war scene flowing river etc.
Definition of programmatic music. The descriptive idea or story line is known as the programme. Program music is a term usually applied to any musical composition on the classical music tradition in which the piece is designed according to some preconceived narrative or is designed to evoke a specific idea and atmosphere. American heritage dictionary of the english language fifth edition.
Program music definition music intended to convey an impression of a definite series of images scenes or events. The narrative itself might be offered to the audience through the piece s title or in the form of program notes inviting imaginative correlations with the music. Absolute music is not intended to convey anything beyond itself.
Musical compositions intended to depict or suggest nonmusical incidents ideas or images such as those drawn from literature as tchaikovsky s romeo and juliet or from works of art. It is contrasted with so called absolute or abstract music in which artistic interest is supposedly confined to abstract constructions in sound. Program music instrumental music that carries some extramusical meaning some program of literary idea legend scenic description or personal drama.
Instrumental music that is free of a programme and. One can think of works such as berlioz s symphonie fantastic and beethoven s pastoral symphony as examples of this form. A well known example is hector berlioz s symphonie fantastique an instrumental works which relates a series of morbid fantasies concerning the unrequited love of a sensitive poet involving murder execution and the torment.
Music intended to suggest a sequence of images or incidents. Programme music is descriptive suggesting visual images or telling a story. Today when we hear a piece of music we often notice it is associated with a story or a programe as it is known more formally in the music community pieces which are associated with a programe are called quite obviously programmatic pieces.
Program music is a type of instrumental art music that attempts to render an extra musical narrative musically.