Abstract Music

Music without subject

"Abstract Music" is usually called as "Absolute Music", which is a kind of music without a subject.

"Absolute Music" is often discussed in opposition to "Program Music". The latter (Program Music) contains an extramusical narrative, such as a story.

Absolute Music usually refers to works that are "played purely on instruments or ensembles", and are rarely included in the category of vocal music because the lyrics (or words) would obviously give (or limit) the work some kind of emotional expression.

Example of Abstract Music

Johannes Brahms - Symphony 4, Mvt. 1 - Szell

Writer: Frankie Chan